[lit-ideas] Prequelling

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 11:47:05 EDT

In a message dated 4/30/2004 8:01:50 PM Eastern Standard Time, Judy Evans 
(judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx) writes:
It's called prequelling (from prequel) now, JL!
Judy Evans
Oops, thanks! 
And it _is_ in the OED. 

Cammer claims "[it's] a word I coined" but a 1977 quote states the thing was 
coined by Tolkien to describe The Silmarion. Little lexicographical mystery, 
there: maybe a Tolkien fan can provide the original quote by Tolkien (if it 
exists <--- 'biscuit conditional') to provide to mailto:oed3@xxxxxxx




From the OED


Etym: f. PRE- A. 2 + SE)QUEL n.

A book, film, etc., the events portrayed in which or the concerns of which 
precede those of an existing completed work. 
1973 Britannica Bk. of Year 1972 732/3 

Prequel, a literary work whose narrative sequentially precedes that of an 
earlier work. 

1977 National Observer (U.S.) 1 Jan. 1/4 

Cammer..has just written a book, Freedom from Compulsion... He calls it a  
prequelâ?? to his earlier book, Up from Depression. â??â??Prequelâ?? is a word 
coinedâ??, he explains. â??It's a sequel except it's on a subject that comes 

1977 Globe & Mail (Toronto) 17 Sept. 37/5 

The Silmarillion, for which Tolkien coined the term Prequel, describes not 
only the creation of Middle Earth, but of the universe. 

1979 Films & Filming Mar. 11 

In this â??prequelâ?? Tom Berenger stars as Butch Cassidy and William Katt as 

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