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Nenarye 01/Jan/2007 at 01:43 PM
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Ok, a simple question here, not ment to provoke any deep thinking; I realize this doesn’t have much to do with ME either, but here it is:

Today, I just started reading The Lays of Beleriand. On the first page (at least in my book) this sentence in writen:

"For orig[inally] composed c. 1926-30 for R.W Reynolds to explain..." (Bold my emphasis) (I don’t think the rest of the sentance in nessisary.)

So, due to the lack of answers I was able to elicit from my siblings, I decieded to take it here. Why write orig[inally] instead of originally?
Magradhaid 01/Jan/2007 at 01:53 PM
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That quote was a sentence by JRRT. He used many abbreviations in his writing and letters (in drafts, etc.), like wd. for would, KES for King Edward’s School, Hon. Mods. for Honours Moderations, C of E for Church of England, NT for New Testament, HM for Headmaster, etc. In this case, like so many others, CJRT (the editor of HoME) wanted to clarify what the abbreviation stood for, while retaining his father’s spelling.
geordie 01/Jan/2007 at 01:57 PM
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The sentence did’nt make sense to me. Then I noticed there’s a letter missing. For the convenience of others, can I point out that the words are ’Form orig[inally] not ’For [originally] - makes much more sense that way.
Nenarye 01/Jan/2007 at 02:04 PM
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So, when JRRT originally wrote that sentance, he wrote the word "originally" as "orig", and when Christopher Tolkien edited it, he added the "inally" to clear it up for readers?

geordie - In my book, the words are "for orig[inally]", although it does make more sence as "form orig[inally]...hmm.
geordie 01/Jan/2007 at 03:29 PM
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In my book, the words are "for orig[inally]",

Really? Coo! I’d take it back if I were you.    -seriously, it seems there’s a mistake there. This sort of thing does’nt help. It’s the publisher’s fault.
Nenarye 01/Jan/2007 at 06:16 PM
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geordie - These are my HoME books. I still have yet to buy 6-12. They seem to be of high quality though. It seems weird that the publisher would make this sort of mistake...

Oh, and when you said "Really? Coo!", were you saying "cool" and missed the "l" key, or is this some word I am unaware of?
geordie 02/Jan/2007 at 10:43 AM
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were you saying "cool" and missed the "l" key, or is this some word I am unaware of

- the word I used is ’coo’ - but with a capital c followed by an exclamation mark. It’s meant to denote surprise - a bit like ’blimey’. Don’t know where the word comes from, though.