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Morthoron
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May 12, 5:58pm


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Perhaps he ignored the word based on its Anglo-Saxon origin...

"Old English wyrd ‘destiny,’ of Germanic origin. The adjective (late Middle English) originally meant ‘having the power to control destiny."

'Wyrd', in the A-S sense, is synonymous to 'fate', or as Tolkien preferred 'doom'. As an A-S professor and philologist, he may not have cared to equate 'queer' happenings with the more modern 'weird' synonym, which would not be applicable, given Tolkien's background.

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