This paper examines the connections between Tolkien’s writing of fiction and his work as a lexicographer on the Oxford English Dictionary. Some of Tolkien’s most characteristic stylistic flourishes show the influence of the distinctive, charming defining style of the first edition of the O.E.D.
"Tolkien's Dictionary Poetics: The Influence of the OED's Defining Style on Tolkien's Fiction,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 21
, Article 29.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol21/iss2/29