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Old English

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Old English (sometimes called Anglo-Saxon) was the ancestor language of modern English. It was also the mother language of characters Ælfwine and Eriol.

Tolkien was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at at Pembroke College from 1925 to 1945. He was strongly influenced by Anglo-Saxon literature such as Beowulf and favoured especially the Mercian dialect. Tolkien wrote in Anglo-Saxon several texts of his legendarium, which he (fictionally) attributed to Ælfwine.

For Lord of the Rings, he used several Anglo-Saxon names and words, which represented Rohirric, the language of the Rohirrim.