on 26 July 2009
This little book has been a treasure, literally a mathom amongst the works on Tolkien. It works both as a referenece book to explore the meaning of significant words and an enjoyable read just to further your understanding of language. The authors have produced a book that is effortless to read, appealing to the layman as much as an academic. I would happily reccomend this book to any Tolkien enthusiast. Unpretentious and stimulating, my only complaint is that the book had to end, I can but hope that there is a revised and expanded version to come. The definition of mathom is explained within the text, along with many other words unearthed by Tolkien during his voyages through creation of Middle Earth. This book will further your enjoyment of the works of Tolkien. I wish I could write a more articulate review of this book to do it justice!
on 6 January 2013
In the late 1910s and early 1920s, J.R.R. Tolkien contributed to the writing of the Oxford English dictionary. The author, who is a current collaborator of the O.E.D., has gone over JRRT's entries and, with the use of OED archive, where his cards are stored, gives us a fascinating insider's view of the way his mind functioned and how he came to write his contributions.