So, while we're waiting for the recordings of my various Oxonmoot presentations to become available, I thought I'd share the Coda that wrapped up my piece.
Finally, we have a short text, written by Dr. Havard at the request of Taum Santoski
and named by him "Professor J. R. R. Tolkien: A Personal Memoir". More a short collection of memories than a full-length article (it fills but a single page of Mythlore), it ends with the baffling statement
I would add that my experience
has resembled or echoed Nerd Nyren's,
who woke up one day, he tells us,
to find himself famous. I woke up one day
to find two of my friends famous,
in many ways a happier discovery."
[Mythlore volume 64 (winter 1990), page 61]
Most of this is clear enough, but what of 'Nerd Nyron'? This little puzzle results from a literary allusion combined with a simple typo. What Havard had actually written was I woke, and found myself famous. This is the famous line of Lord Byron's reflecting his delight at waking up to find himself famous as a result of the runaway success of his new book, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812ff). I myself find Havard's handwriting difficult: apparently Glen GoodKnight, the editor of Mythlore, found it impenetrable.
—John D. Rateliff