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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

They claim they are digitizing British newspapers (hundreds) going back to the 1700s. In my first amateur pass at it, I did not find any Tolkien gems, but I am guessing there are some in there. Have some fun, and tell us what you find!

Posted on: 2011/12/1 17:36
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One thing I can mention is that "hobbit" goes back to the 1860s, so Middle-earth Enterprises is going to have a hard claim that they own the trademark for that word.

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Jeremy, is that in the Denham Tracts, or something even earlier?

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I think all the references that I can see in the papers are OCR (Optical Character Recognition) errors from the scanning. The computer is checking a dictionary for words which must include Hobbit and correcting to that.

Posted on: 2011/12/2 3:31






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