• Hobbits on the Map of Britain

    Author(s):
    Joe Hoffman (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities, English literature
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Mythgard Mid-Atlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium
    Conf. Org.:
    Signum University
    Conf. Loc.:
    College Park, MD, USA
    Conf. Date:
    September 24-25 2016
    Tag(s):
    Family names, Geographic Information Systems, Tolkien
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6ZG79
    Abstract:
    Geographic distributions of names can be relatively static over many generations. This paper applies a mapping of English names to places in Great Britain to extract implicit correspondences between the names of hobbit families and their roles in The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien is found to have used family names that predominate near his childhood home in the West Midlands to connote characters close to Bilbo and Frodo, names from other parts of Britain to indicate relationships that are not so congenial, and names that do not occur widely in Britain to designate characters who are exotic or strange. The mapping is applied to the story of the Gamgee family, which exposes a story hidden in the Appendices.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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