Re: io9 describes Unicode as one of the 10 most unlikely things influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien

From: Philippe Verdy <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 20:50:03 +0100

Their reinterpreation... a posteriori.

But the UCS is still not the best demonstration of Tolkien influence into
Unicode. Otherwise Tolkien's invented scripts would have been encoded since

And didn't many other standard creators, or just creators of encodings,
just read Tolkien sometime ? Tolkien has been read also in China.

2012/12/8 Michael Everson <>

> On 8 Dec 2012, at 10:07, Shriramana Sharma <> wrote:
> > Well nice to hear, and of course you have contributed a lot to Unicode!
> >
> > But I fail to see the logical connection between Unicode as a technical
> standard and Tolkien! I hadn't heard about this website, but if they
> purport to write on science, but make such illogical deductions, I am not
> sure I'll be reading it much in future.
> Their inference, it appears, is that had I not read Tolkien when I was 13
> I would not be who I am today and the content of the Universal Character
> Set might be a lot different than it is.
> Michael Everson *
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