Tomorrow is the Signum University Fundraiser’s Hallowe’en Extravaganza! I’m preparing to chat with The Tolkien Professor and Dave Kale about my work in digital humanities – and Dave said something about pie.
Part of our plan tomorrow is for audience participation lexomics graphs – do we ever know how to have fun? Yes, we do! So let me know now in the comments if there’s a particular word or group of words you’re curious to know about in the text of The Hobbit. If I have a few delicious words ahead of time, I can prepare well, while still accepting on-the-fly requests.
Why only in The Hobbit? Preparing a text for this kind of analysis takes many, many months of “scrubbing” the text. I began with typing up the text myself so that no one ever worried about pirating issues. That’s the .txt file I use when I run the Lexos software. Then I marked the text up with paragraph numbers and little xxs to mark the ends of phrases. In the end, my personal text of The Hobbit, the one I use to run the concordance software, looks like this:
[01.001] xx In a hole xx in the ground xx there lived a hobbit. xx Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, xx filled with the ends of worms xx and an oozy smell, xx nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole xx with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: xx it was a hobbit-hole, xx and that means comfort. xx
[01.002] xx It had a perfectly round door xx like a porthole, painted green, xx