Disputatio:Legendarium Tolkienianum

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Adjective[fontem recensere]

What would be the adjectival form of "Tolkien"? Tolkienanus? Tolkienensis? Mattie (disputatio) 00:57, 5 Martii 2012 (UTC)[reply]

You might allow yourself "Tolkienius -a -um". The form "Tolkienii" has been fairly widely used in fandom (see google), usually in inventing scientific names for monsters. It is just what a real zoologist would do; just bad luck if they haven't done it yet. As with "Aqua Iulia" and "Forum Iulium" it is idiomatic to use the "-ius" termination both as an adjective and as a family name. So, although I wouldn't call him "Tolkienius" on this evidence, I would be tempted to decline his name -ium -ii -io when necessary and to take -ius as the adjective. Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 09:44, 5 Martii 2012 (UTC)[reply]
Interesting! I was asking because of this page's title, Legendarium Tolkien. Seems we may as well move it to Legendarium Tolkienium, which would make a better read in the articles it's mentioned in. Mattie (disputatio) 00:00, 6 Martii 2012 (UTC)[reply]
According to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (Stearn 1983:285), the genitive will regularly be formed as Tolkienii (implying a nominative Tolkienius, which, since it won't be needed as a species epithet, is ignored by the code), and the adjective will then be Tolkienianus (-a, -um). Indeed, the suffix -ianus is a generally productive one, found well beyond botany; e.g., in Universitas Harvardiana and in neuter plurals in -iana, as in "I saw that little piece of Bushiana live on MSNBC!" IacobusAmor (disputatio) 01:15, 6 Martii 2012 (UTC)[reply]
I was only missing an I, then :) Mattie (disputatio) 00:17, 8 Martii 2012 (UTC)[reply]