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The JRR Tolkien Pronunciation Poll

How to you pronounce TOLKIEN?

  • 1. tol-kine

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • 2. tol-keen

    Votes: 39 54.9%
  • 3. tol-kin

    Votes: 27 38.0%
  • 4. tol-kun

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • 5. ly-ber

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • 6. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered!

    Votes: 2 2.8%

  • Total voters
    71
  • Poll closed .

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
The title of this thread says it all! I want to know how you AK-SHUALLY pronounce the last name of the esteemed writer of such works as A Middle English Vocabulary and Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwie.

That's right- how do you pronounce the last name, Tolkien, as in "Gygax swore, up and down, that he only ever read Swords and Sorcery and wasn't really influenced by Tolkien."

(Please note that I am not looking for the correct answer; just looking to see how people are saying it)
 
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Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
It never occurred to me that anything other than #2 was even a possibility.

Weirdly, the pronunciation in almost every place I am familiar with is the wrong one.

In fact, the wrong pronunciation where I am is so wide-spread that continue to use the incorrect one simply because that's accepted pronunciation.

Which would be a whole 'nother interesting thread-

First, words (and names) that are commonly mispronounced, and from there, words that you know you are saying incorrectly, but continue to do so because the incorrect pronunciation is the accepted one.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Weirdly, the pronunciation in almost every place I am familiar with is the wrong one.

In fact, the wrong pronunciation where I am is so wide-spread that continue to use the incorrect one simply because that's accepted pronunciation.

Which would be a whole 'nother interesting thread-

First, words (and names) that are commonly mispronounced, and from there, words that you know you are saying incorrectly, but continue to do so because the incorrect pronunciation is the accepted one.
Well you guys need to work on “Craig” and “Graham” before graduating to “Tolkien”!

(hint: it's not 'Cregg' and 'Gram')
 


So, like most, I use #3 and it is wrong. Or maybe, because I am in the southern US, I am pronouncing it correctly but my accent just makes it wrong.

Timely thread for me, we just got in the Tolkien movie on Netflix disk to watch this weekend.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
I always pronounced it Toll-kin until I saw a documentary from English scholars and it was pronounced Toll-Keen. I've been doing it the correct way since.

The real poll is how do you pronounce "Dr. Seuss"?
1. Soos
2. Zoice

Hint: It's #2, per he and his family directly.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
For the longest time, not having ever heard anyone pronounce it, I took it phonetically - Tol-key-en.

Later, having heard recordings of interviews with him, I expect the pronunciation the man preferred was Tol-keen.

Even knowing that, I am rather stuck with the original when I say it.
 



aco175

Legend
Growing up it was always Tol-kin, but after seeing the movie, I can see Tol-keen.

I'm reading some of the Drizzt books and stumbling over some of the names. I can slow down and read them with the several syllables, but my mind can jumble them faster to something shorter. Like PC names, the shorter the better, or the rest of the players shorten them down. Even children get their name shortened down to a nickname.
 


As someone always keenly aware of his German ancestry as well as with a talent fir linguistics I always felt it obvious Tolkien would pronounce his name auf Deutsch, so to speak.
 



No head-scratcher. He had a dog he loved as a young boy, named Jacksie, who was hit by a car and killed when Lewis was 4. In his grief, he adopted the name, and would not answer to anything else, eventually softening to allow Jack.
Wait a minute....

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Secret C S Lewis biopic? o_O
 




Voadam

Legend
You know that's not the best reference word, right?
Nah, I've only really encountered the word professionally in the legal sense as a lawyer (a mechanics lien, a lien on the house) and only ever heard it pronounced "lean".

So when looking at kien as a spelling that's been my thought process.

I'm not saying my reasons for pronouncing it any certain way are right, just that those are my ACK SHOO UHL pronunciation reasons. :)
 

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