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    Added a new Dutch review and an update of the...

    Added a new Dutch review and an update of the Amazon ratings.
  2. Writing in England in the twentieth century,...

    Writing in England in the twentieth century, non-fictional wolves probably weren't much on Tolkien's radar one way or the other - the creatures had been extinct on the island for some time. His use...
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    Dave Wilton wrote a review last summer on...

    Dave Wilton wrote a review last summer on wordorigins.com, one of the most sustained critical takes on the translation as a whole.

    http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/more/2002/

    His comments...
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    Thanks for sharing, Troels. These two particular...

    Thanks for sharing, Troels. These two particular points were, I'd have said, almost commonplaces in Tolkien studies (see Road pp. 124-125 on the first), but they're interesting and bear some...
  5. The Poetic Edda Newly Translated

    Since folks here might be interested: Jackson Crawford's translation of the Poetic Edda will be coming out this March. I've read a couple of his translations when they were up on his blog, and they...
  6. Is There a Flood in the Legendarium?

    A discussion on the Tolkien Society Facebook page has just reminded me of something I've been wondering about for a while: how does the biblical history of the Old Testament interface with the events...
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    Actually Miyram Librán-Moreno's call - she's got...

    Actually Miyram Librán-Moreno's call - she's got an interesting article that's generally pretty relevant to this discussion in Tolkien and the Study of his Sources (the book Jason Fisher edited).
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    There is a further interesting parallel with the...

    There is a further interesting parallel with the late Empire in the interactions between Gondor and the Northmen - whose names are generally in Gothic form. The creative reworking of the dealings of...
  9. I think you mistook my point. I wasn't comparing...

    I think you mistook my point. I wasn't comparing the situation of the Elves and their relation to Men in any way to Norwegian and English (American) culture. That was simply to illustrate a separate...
  10. Elvish may have more prestige, yet the fact that...

    Elvish may have more prestige, yet the fact that more elves appear to learn Westron than Westron (and other) speakers learn a particular form of Elvish

    This is actually an interesting point - the...
  11. I feel like the terminology might be a little...

    I feel like the terminology might be a little imprecise here. 'Minority' in a global perspective is pretty different from 'minority' in a given speech community or political entity. They both have...
  12. it would be the same as Connery throwing in a...

    it would be the same as Connery throwing in a ‘tovarisch’ to reinforce the Secondary Belief that he is speaking Russian

    That might well be what they were going for :thumbsup:
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    Seph, the case for Bath also looks a lot stronger...

    Seph, the case for Bath also looks a lot stronger if we look at the Old English. The last legible part of the poem goes:

    Stanhofu stodan, stream hate wearp
    widan wylme; weal eall befeng
    beorhtan...
  14. Interesting - I guess with the Dwarvish it was...

    Interesting - I guess with the Dwarvish it was done purely for the humour value. I don't really remember the Elvish scene very well, but I wonder if it really makes sense for them to be speaking...
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    American Fantasy

    Tom Shippey has a fascinating and thought-provoking (not to mention entertaining) on 'The American Fantasy Tradition' in the latest issue of Gramarye. (This issue is worth checking out also for a...
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    Troels, thanks for those - I'm trying to keep...

    Troels, thanks for those - I'm trying to keep this pretty comprehensive, so I'm glad to be able to add them to the list!

    Raymond's review struck me as having a large number of very peculiar...
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    Hildebrandslied

    This isn't super closely related to Tolkien, but I just came across a quite nice reading of the Hildebrandslied (the Lay of Hildebrand) this evening. The Hildebrandslied is the only surviving piece...
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    I've added mention of a new review by James...

    I've added mention of a new review by James Heiser. I'll also have to add notices for the new comments from Mallorn, which I haven't had a chance to read in full yet.

    Smials, to belated reply: I...
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    Troels, thanks for sharing that - halfir has been...

    Troels, thanks for sharing that - halfir has been on my mind this New Year's Eve, among many memories, and I would have loved to be able to hear his thoughts about this letter.

    As far as my own...
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    Yuletide Tales

    With the holiday season in full swing, I thought it might be fun to start a thread to share any fun Christmas- or Solstice-themed tales from the Middle Ages. I'll start off with three:

    1) Sir...
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    TA, on an admin note, it would probably be a...

    TA, on an admin note, it would probably be a simple enough matter to reset your old password and then rename this account - that's at least what Plaza policy encourages (mainly for the sake of...
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    Yup - barring technical mishaps, all the lectures...

    Yup - barring technical mishaps, all the lectures should be recorded and can be watched any time. Though each lecture has a pretty long Q&A at the end (students can type in questions and the lecturer...
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    You don't need Skype, but there is a program...

    You don't need Skype, but there is a program you'd have to use (which Mythgard supplies) to watch the lectures and take part in the discussion sessions.

    No subtitles as far as I know,...
  24. Dorwiniondil, an excellent review - though I...

    Dorwiniondil, an excellent review - though I thought perhaps a little unfair to some of the Germanic poets. The most garbled version in Norse is surely the prose Volsungasaga rather than the poems in...
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    I've also just learned that apparently Tolkien...

    I've also just learned that apparently Tolkien Society members get a 15% discount. Though the TS is really worth joining regardless - it's a good group, and both Amon Hen (their regular bulletin) and...
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