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Doworst in "Monash Review"
By Morgan

Re: Doworst in "Monash Review"

Mar 3, 2012 - in Books and other printed materials (edited)
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I've been trying to read up a bit on the poem Doworst, and noted a small difference in how the title of the fanzine from the Fellowship of Middle Earth is rendered:

1) The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide (p. 214) has "A Elbereth Gilthoniel!".

2) Douglas A. Anderson, in an article in Tolkien Studies, uses the title "A Elbereth Gilthoniel", without the exclamation mark (vol. III, p. 144). The author of the article on TolkienBooks.net follows Anderson's usage.

In the online catalog of Marquette University Libraries, the fanzine is listed with the exclamation mark ("elbereth" and "gilthoniel" are furthermore rendered in lower-case, which I suspect is merely a database issue). The article on the fanzine in the bibliography here on TCG does the same.

Looking at the scan of the cover of the ?first issue of the fanzine in the TCG article – is the vertical line to the right of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" supposed to be an exclamation mark?

Well, perhaps it's impossible to establish a "correct" rendering of the title. After all, many publications have ambiguous titles (for example, is it "Lembas-extra" or "Lembas Extra"?).


Re: Doworst in "Monash Review"

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Pardagast, thanks very much for bringing the Monash Review article to light. We'll add it to our bibliographical notes and Companion and Guide addenda.

Morgan, the fanzine A Elbereth Gilthoniel! does have an exclamation mark in its title. We can confirm this from the issues in our collection (in photocopy). The vertical line to the right of the title words on the cover is meant to be an exclamation mark, and is more detailed than the reproduction makes clear. The Marquette cataloging is derived from information supplied by Gary Hunnewell, the leading expert in Tolkien fanzines; we have Gary's information in our reference files as well.

Wayne & Christina


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Morgan, you seem to have an uncanny knack of extracting Tolkien related blog entries from W&C! Keep it up.

The old Took's Tolkien Fandom Review is also highly recommended; I just bought the 1965 (The New England Tolkien Society, 2010) & 1966 (The New England Tolkien Society, 2011) reviews.

BH
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