Which future author was hired by the Oxford English Dictionary in 1919 to define a list of “w” words?

Answer: J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is best known as the author of the fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, both which have been adapted into award-winning blockbuster films.

What is rather less well known is that in 1919 and 1920, at the very start of his career, Tolkien worked on the staff of the Oxford English Dictionary. Tolkien was assigned words near the beginning of the letter “W”. The first entry in the published Dictionary on which he is known to have worked is that for the noun waggle. The majority of his entries lie in the alphabetical range of waggle to warlock.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, best known as the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Wikipedia
Born: 3 January 1892, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died: 2 September 1973, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Spouse: Edith Tolkien (m. 1916–1971)
Movies: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, MORE

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