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Vinyar Tengwar 50 Index & Some Notes

Indexing Posted on Sun, March 17, 2013 01:56:27

After a long hiatus I’m pleased to announce the completion of an index of names for the newly published Vinyar Tengwar, issue 50 (containing J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Túrin Wrapper”, edited by Carl F. Hostetter).

While the manuscript published in this issue contains quite few proper names, Hostetter investigates various Elvish (Sindarin) glosses in relation to a plethora of concepts appearing in other works by Tolkien, which mainly has contributed to yield a rather extensive index. As usual, an editorial mention of a name is represented on Tolkien Index as a page number within square brackets.

Vinyar Tengwar 50 can be accessed as part of the Collected Vinyar Tengwar Vol. 5, available through

On 2 October 2012 I finished an index of names for Tolkien’s The Qenya Alphabet, published in Parma Eldalamberon Vol. 20 (edited by Arden R. Smith). Parma Eldalamberon 20 can be ordered from the website of the journal.

News related to Tolkien Index can now also be read at a newly created Twitter account.

Finally I would like to acknowledge the kind help and support of Daniel Helen, who assists in maintaining Tolkien Index.

Vinyar Tengwar 39 Index

Indexing Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 13:45:46

I just finished compiling an index of names for Vinyar Tengwar 39 on Tolkien Index.

The writings by Tolkien published in this issue were
“From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D” and “Ósanwe-kenta: ‘Enquiry into the Communication of Thought’”. Both are highly interesting texts, containing many passages not only of interest to linguists. If you are not an owner already, I recommend you to order the The Collected Vinyar Tengwar from the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship!

Vinyar Tengwar 49 Index

Indexing Posted on Tue, March 27, 2012 00:30:53

Just finished compiling an index of names for Vinyar Tengwar 49 on Tolkien Index.

As can be seen in the index log, I limited the indexing of the substantial editorial comments (especially for the latter piece, “”Five Late Quenya Volitive Inscriptions”). However, in case you think it’s useful to have an index of names to all of the editorial texts in this issue, please let me know.

(Remember that page references to editorial comments are given in square brackets; in this way they can easily be distinguished from page references to Tolkien’s texts.)

The History of Middle-earth Index corrigenda

Indexing Posted on Mon, March 26, 2012 19:20:21

While working on the Tolkien Index website, I’ve encountered a few errors in the paperback edition of The History of Middle-earth Index (HarperCollins 2002). (It would be interesting to know if any of these were corrected for the print-on-demand hardcover edition released in 2010.) I will be updating this article if additional errors are found.

[General note added 28 May 2020: Jeremy Edmonds has kindly informed me that the errors below are also present in a print-on-demand hardcover edition purchased on 1 September 2018.]

p. 28 (entry for Atanamir): [for] Tar-Atanamtr [read] Tar-Atanamir

p. 31: [after] Aur [insert] (I)

p. 123 (entry for Elenarda): [for] *2423 [read] *242—3

p. 155: [for] Falmani [read] Falmari [Added 26 September 2013]

p. 157: [for] Faskala-ntmen [read] Faskala-númen [Added 28 April 2014][Note 1]

p. 158: [for] Fëanonian (XII) […] Fëanonians [read] Fëanorian (XII) […] Fëanorians [Added 28 May 2020] [Note 2]

p. 180 (entry for Gartharian): [for] Gartharian [read] Garthúrian

p. 191: [for] Gochnessiel [read] Gochressiel

p. 251 (entry for Ivorwin): [for] Ivorwin [read] Ivonwin [Added 7 April 2013]

p. 270 (entry for Lindon): [The form Lindónë appears in the index, while the form Lindóne is used in the text.]

p. 326 (entry for Nen Cenednil): [for] Nen Cenednil [read] Nen Cenedril

p. 330 (entry for Nimphelos): [for] 10 [read] 11

p. 435 (entry for Tom Bombadil (VII)): [for] Porn [read] Forn [Added 24 June 2012]

p. 459 (entry for Valaturu): [for] Valaturu [read] Valatúru [Added 23 March 2013]


Note 1: In the textual passage (BLT1:187), the form is actually given as Faskalanúmen (i.e., without the hyphen); other references, however, give the form with the hyphen (such as BLT1:253 and PE11:34).

Note 2: Thanks to Lorenzo Carrera Bloise for sending me a notice about this error.