Chinese Tuesdays: Tolkien’s hanzi

My girlfriend is reading The Hobbit, and the other night I saw the symbol on the left on the back of the book. It's a rune-like symbol that Tolkien made for a signature, and is composed of his initials, J, R, R and T. But when I saw it for the first time it looked to me just like the character 束 (shù), seen in regular script on the right. Suffice to say, this observation was met by a less than enthusiastic groan from my girlfriend, trained to hate Chinese hanzi by Korea’s fabulous education system.

Every Tuesday on the Anthill, Sam Duncan posts a langauge titbit from his blog. Read them all here