Tolkien

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Etymology[edit]

Likely from Middle Low German Tolkin (literally son of Tolk), which is probably also related to Polish Tołkiny and German Tolksdorf, names for a Prussian town; the nickname Tolk is connected to Middle Low German tolk (interpreter), from Proto-Slavic *tъlkъ[1]. J.R.R. Tolkien subscribed to a folk etymology that connected the name with German tollkühn (foolhardy).

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Tolkien

  1. A surname, especially referring to British author J. R. R. Tolkien.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryszard Derdziński (2017), "On J.R.R. Tolkien's roots in Gdańsk"

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