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Moons, Maths, and Middle-earth: Misconceptions about Tolkien’s Scientific and Mathematical Prowess


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Expanded from a paper presented at the Tolkien Society’s 2022 Oxonmoot


Tolkien's use of real-world science in fleshing out his secondary world of Middle-earth is well-known, including errors he made in the process. With the recent publication of The Nature of Middle-earth, additional attention has been paid to Tolkien's use of mathematics in the same vein. However, reviews of the volume tend to reflect misconceptions about the level of Tolkien's mathematical ability.