Discovery of a New Manuscript

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Careful Poet

After a recent conversation with the director of the Narrowthrode public library which centered around our mutual interest in early poetry, I was offered an opportunity to look through some of the library’s early manuscripts. Most of what I found was familiar (though I wish that Professor Tolkien had seen fit to publish some of the marginal illustrations in the Geste of Beren and Luthien); but I did find a page I had not seen reviewed in the literature.

The single-page manuscript is cataloged as N2152 in the library holdings. It is in rather poor condition, with ragged right margin obscuring some words. The scribe appears to have been hurried, and some words, though clear, do not seem to be correct given the context of the line.

The contents of the manuscript are the beginning (sadly cut off) of an alliterative poem on an obscure event in the travels of the…

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