One key part of the Digital Tolkien Project is the development of citation systems for relevant Tolkien works. Much like chapters and verses in the Bible or CTS URNs in the CITE Architecture, these citation systems are designed to enable reference to specific parts of a text independent of a particular physical edition.
In general the principle is to follow the hierarchical structure of books and parts and chapters and sections down to chunks (usually paragraphs but also verse stanzas, lists, etc) and sometimes further (verse lines, list items, etc). So, for example, in Lord of the Rings,
04.04.024 means Book 4, Chapter 4, Paragraph 24, which begins “Gollum disappeared.”
See Search Tolkien for a Web interface that allows lookup of a citation reference by text.
This page is for documenting and reporting ongoing status on the citation systems for various works.
The Hobbit (H)
General format is
<chapter>.<paragraph>. The main text is done although footnotes still need to be incorporated.
- The Hobbit Citation System
- Minimal Prefixes to Identify Hobbit Paragraphs
- Hobbit Citation System Index
Lord of the Rings (LR)
General format is
The main text is done and reconciled with Erik Mueller-Harder’s work. A draft of the appendices is complete but is still to be reconciled. The prologue has not yet been done. Footnotes still need to be incorporated.
At the top level, split into five parts, AL, VQ, QS, AK, and RP, the third being the Quenta Silmarillion split into chapters. Hence
QS.19 is Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion.
Early draft done. More details soon.
I’m debating whether to treat chapter sections as another level of the hierarchy or basically treat things as mostly flat below the chapter level. There is also the question of how to cite the notes.
History of Middle-earth
Considerable work done for Volumes 4 and 6. More details soon.
Children of Húrin
Beren and Lúthien
The Fall of Gondolin
History of the Hobbit
Nature of Middle-earth
Work commenced. More details soon.
The letters are currently just identified by a three-digit number referring to the letter number. Notes and footnotes are not yet included.
More details soon.