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hobbitlike adj. 1954 J. R. R. Tolkien Letter 25 Apr. in H. Carpenter Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981) 180 Since Sam was close friends of the family of Cotton (another village-name), I was led astray into the Hobbit-like joke of spelling Gamwichy Gamgee, though I do not think that in actual Hobbit-dialect the joke really arose.
hobbitry n. 1944 J. R. R. Tolkien Letter 6 May in H. Carpenter Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1995) 78 Well, there you are: a hobbit amongst the Urukhai. Keep up your hobbitry in heart, and think that all stories feel like that when you are in them.
primary world n. 1947 J. R. R. Tolkien On Fairy-Stories in Essays Presented to Charles Williams 60 It seems fairly clear that Lang was using belief in its ordinary sense: belief that a thing exists or can happen in the real (primary) world.
secondary world n. 1947 J. R. R. Tolkien On Fairy-Stories in Essays Presented to Charles Williams 68 To make a Secondary World inside which the green sun will be credible, commanding Secondary Belief, will probably require labour and thought, and will certainly demand a special skill, an elvish craft.
sub-creation n. 1947 J. R. R. Tolkien On Fairy-Stories in Essays Presented to Charles Williams 51 This aspect of ‘mythology’—sub-creation, rather than either representation or symbolic interpretation of the beauties and terrors of the world—is, I think, too little considered.
sub-creator n. 1947 J. R. R. Tolkien On Fairy-Stories in Essays Presented to C. Williams 51 The story-maker proves a successful ‘sub-creator’. He makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter.