Tolkien trivia question and answer #18

Tolkien trivia question and answer #18

Yesterday’s trivia question was “What name was given to the Elves of Lothlorien and what did it mean in Sindarin?” And the answer “Galadrim,” which means “tree people.”

Sorry, Hilary, while you have outed yourself as a geek you did so for no reason. smile

Now I’m going to ramp up the difficulty somewhat. Today’s question is: “What is the historical origin of the name ‘Tolkien’ and what did it mean?”

Answer tomorrow.

The original blog post on this trivia feature is here.


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  • I think Louis E.‘s right about the analogy between “Tolkien” and the German word “tollkühn”, but wasn’t Tolkien’s family from South Africa?  That suggests to me that the name is probably of Dutch origin.

    To break down “tollkühn” into its components: “toll” is an adjective or adverb meaning “crazy”/“crazily”; and “kühn” means “bold”.