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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith compiled the index to The Lord of the Rings. She was married to a former roommate of Christopher Tolkien's.

J.R.R. Tolkien already had been working on a detailed index with linguistic information but expressed a desire of having a complete alphabetical "handlist" that would help him in several matters; Rayner Unwin replied that if such a list could be compiled without much thinking, but as a "donkey work", they could arrange it. Smith was working as an indexer in Allen & Unwin, and was pregnant when she started the compilation in late January 1958, and completed it in May (in a rush, because of her condition). Smith was instructed to ignore the Appendices.[1]

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References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lxxxii