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    When I saw the title of this post, I thought it...

    When I saw the title of this post, I thought it meant something very different!

    This strikes me as a very interesting line to look into, potentially. Obviously we wouldn't want to pigeon-hole...
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    Indeed - and while we obviously can't really know...

    Indeed - and while we obviously can't really know much about how it was originally performed, there's a very fine rendering of (the first section) of the poem by Benjamin Bagby. I highly recommend...
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    Eye-rolls are something that I have yet to figure...

    Eye-rolls are something that I have yet to figure how to convey effectively through text :■
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    Eglerio indeed! I think this calls for a song. ...

    Eglerio indeed! I think this calls for a song.

    Ne gehýrde ic wyr­ran .. weard bócláfes
    só­fŠstran sunu .. sincword gehealdan
    ■onne Tolcéning, .. torht Cristofer.
    FŠder fela gescóp .....
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    Puddleglum, putting the emphasis on healing is...

    Puddleglum, putting the emphasis on healing is very appropriate, I think - I wouldn't want to push the 'conversion' idea too far, particularly not to the exclusion of other things. Nonetheless, I...
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    Puddleglum, while I completely agree that looking...

    Puddleglum, while I completely agree that looking at Éowyn's life as a whole is important (or at any rate would be, if we could), I'm not sure it fundamentally changes our view of her despair or her...
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    What The Lord of the Rings seems to show us,...

    What The Lord of the Rings seems to show us, then, is another side of ancient English paganism. In addition to the savage there was - Tolkien seems to suggest - a mythology that was good; it was not...
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    I also don't have much time to say much more, but...

    I also don't have much time to say much more, but there's one further thought I wanted throw out there: if Denethor can be seen as instantiation of a particularly harsh 'pride and despair' type of...
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    It's worth re-reading! Or at least, that's my...

    It's worth re-reading! Or at least, that's my opinion after having come back to it for this 'metrical review'.
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    Saranna, simul (been a while for one of those!) I...

    Saranna, simul (been a while for one of those!) I haven't read Mitchison's book, but it sounds very interesting. A further thread that I haven't tried to pursue, but which could potentially be...
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    is that 'savage paganism' is for Tolkien quite...

    is that 'savage paganism' is for Tolkien quite distinct to the paganism associated with the Northern theory of courage (although we might in practice find ourselves talking about different dimensions...
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    Smials, that sounds fair to me - I'd probably...

    Smials, that sounds fair to me - I'd probably read a little too much chronology into the contrast you were drawing (I'd taken the contrast to be the savagery of older times versus the more noble...
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    I suspect that Tolkien sees savagery as the very...

    I suspect that Tolkien sees savagery as the very opposite of Christian teaching, whereas the godless paganism of the barbarian North is a precursor to Christianity (for it is based upon a realistic...
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    Tolkien's Views of Paganism

    There was recently a nice discussion on the Tolkien Society Facebook group, kicked off by a Certain Eminent Individual quoting from a rather lesser-known letter by Tolkien. The letter is excerpted by...
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    Sigurd and Gudrún as Poetry

    I recently finished writing up a 'metrical review' of the poems inSigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was an interesting process for me - a lot of messing around with the nuts and bolts...
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    'Serious' is one thing to call it - no group with...

    'Serious' is one thing to call it - no group with Andy Orchard in it can get away with being overly dour! Anyway, there's another scholarly dirge coming up in Oxford, for anyone interested:...
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    A Brief Report on a Round Table

    The English Faculty at the University of Oxford organized a round table yesterday (i.e. the 22nd of October, 2014) to discuss Tolkien's new translation of Beowulf. It started off with a brief word...
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    Stony Speculations

    This isn't strictly a Middle-earth place, but it's broadly relevant to Tolkien as an English philologist. The BBC has a rather poor article claiming that the Old English poem known as The Ruin was...
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    Andreas Willi (Anna's pupil and successor as Professor of Comparative Philology, and my MPhil supervisor) has written a tribute to Anna for the Guardian. He portrays exceptionally well what she did...
  20. Her college, Somerville, also has a tribute to...

    Her college, Somerville, also has a tribute to Anna:

    http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/191-7641/all/1/Anna_Morpurgo_Davies%2C_2161937_-_2792014.aspx
  21. Anna Morpurgo Davies - The Passing of a Philologist

    This isn't strictly Middle-earth related, but the Oxford philologist Anna Morpurgo Davies passed away over the weekend. For a number of years she was the Professor of Comparative Philology - a chair...
  22. It's telling that even academics (mostly...

    It's telling that even academics (mostly medievalists, as far as I can tell) aren't 'Tolkienists' are getting more appreciative of Tolkien. Heather O'Donoghue wrote a book not too long ago on the...
  23. I've had a good chance to catch up on my fantasy...

    I've had a good chance to catch up on my fantasy reading lately while travelling, and just finished a book by a current fantasy writer who seems, to me, to be seriously overlooked: Lynn Flewelling....
  24. Ursula Le Guin gave a nice interview last week...

    Ursula Le Guin gave a nice interview last week with Electric Literature, as full of her usual thoughtfulness and wit as ever:
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  25. It depends in part on what you want. If you want...

    It depends in part on what you want. If you want a text that's probably as close to what Tolkien intended as you'll get, then I would get one of the latter three rather than one of the first two on...
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