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  1. 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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  2. 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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    That's an engaging review, in that it several...

    That's an engaging review, in that it several times comes close to a number of a very interesting issues only to miss the mark, in my opinion. For starters, it's fairly obvious that Tolkien has had...
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    The book itself is already some 3900 krónar,...

    The book itself is already some 3900 krónar, which is really a bit much for me at the moment (especially since I've already gotten a copy of the Íslenzk Fornrit edition of Njáls saga for myself,...
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    I found a copy of Víga-Glúms saga in a...

    I found a copy of Víga-Glúms saga in a secondhand bookshop here in Reykjavík - I'm still making up my mind if I want to pay for it (and carry it back, since my suitcase is getting a bit full...)....
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    I haven't seen T-P's edition of Víga-Glúms...

    I haven't seen T-P's edition of Víga-Glúms saga, but I have read his edition of Hervarar saga ok Heišreks (a titling I much prefer to Christopher Tolkien's Saga Heišreks konungs ins vitra - not...
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    Well, I was kind of hoping for an...

    Well, I was kind of hoping for an Argentina-Brazil match, but I can't say I'm sorry to see Robben lose. I would generally have supported the Netherlands, but his attitude makes it really hard.

    And...
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    Yup.

    Yup.
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    Melahny, it should work on your computer -...

    Melahny, it should work on your computer - Microsoft's keyboard editor is rather ancient by computer standards.

    A keyboard layout is basically the software that tells the computer what to produce...
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    This can be very annoying on a PC (and even Macs...

    This can be very annoying on a PC (and even Macs only have a fairly limited range of special characters they can easily get at). I've got to use these things all the time (I study dead languages), so...
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    I think the lack of a parenthetical translation...

    I think the lack of a parenthetical translation of Hronesnęs at 2359 is just a slip (presumably on Tolkien's part, though possibly a later editing error). There are certainly some real typos here and...
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    I almost went to bed halfway through the US-Ghana...

    I almost went to bed halfway through the US-Ghana game, but I'm glad I didn't. Not terribly exciting for a long time, but the end was worth watching. I'm not too optimistic about the US's future, but...
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    In other words, it is not clear what bearing...

    In other words, it is not clear what bearing believing an idea to be historically true has on Tolkien's making use of it.

    This is a good point, and moves on Tolkien's part like having Gothic...
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    Saranna, I tried to copy over everything from the...

    Saranna, I tried to copy over everything from the Beowulf thread that was relevant, so no one should feel like they need read that before weighing in here :thumbsup:

    I agree that dilettante has,...
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    Smials, I can see that too.

    Smials, I can see that too.
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    I've just finished Sellic Spell (the main tale...

    I've just finished Sellic Spell (the main tale only, though I'll read the rest just as soon as I've cooled down a little), and have to say it is outstanding. I had pretty high expectations, and these...
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    Updated, with a couple extra things besides those...

    Updated, with a couple extra things besides those mentioned in the last two posts.

    I also just made this post on the TS Facebook page, re Tolkien's attitudes towards publishing his translation:
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    Two more items to add to the main list tomorrow:...

    Two more items to add to the main list tomorrow:

    http://studentjournals.co.uk/2014/06/review-j-r-r-tolkiens-translation-of-beowulf/
    http://www.channel4.com/news/tolkiens-beowulf-a-great-gift
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    I have yet to read Sellic Spell, but I've now...

    I have yet to read Sellic Spell, but I've now finished a fairly careful readthrough of the translation and commentary. There's plenty to digest, and many things I already want to re-read and look...
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    I want to thank Simon again for a fascinating...

    I want to thank Simon again for a fascinating paper - I've also just finished reading his longer TS paper, which he's kindly passed on, and which complements this piece very nicely.

    From my...
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    The State of Tolkien Studies

    An interesting discussion has grown up in the Beowulf reactions thread about the place of dilettantes, academics, and academic-styles in Tolkien studies these days. I think this has gotten to the...
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    Thanks for sharing that, Tumlahad. Not the least...

    Thanks for sharing that, Tumlahad. Not the least because I now feel free to respond to Kiernan's points directly, with a bit more context and without worrying that he's been misrepresented by the...
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    Smials, I actually haven't made it to Sellic...

    Smials, I actually haven't made it to Sellic Spell yet, since I've gotten sidetracked by working through the Commentary in some detail. This is actually somewhat addicting. There's some excellent...
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    Updated to include John Garth's New Statesman​...

    Updated to include John Garth's New Statesman​ review.
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