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Iona and Peter Opie spent decades recording and cataloguing children’s games, songs, folklore, and nonsense rhymes. Their lifelong fascination began one day in the 1940s when Iona picked up a ladybird and found herself automatically reciting the familiar rhyme ‘Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home; Your house is on fire and your children all gone’. A […]more
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. . . What’s a hobbit and how did J.R.R. Tolkien come by this word? Was it invented, adapted, or stolen? To shed some light on the matter, we’ve excerpted this passage from The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, […]more