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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...
  4. Andreas Willi (Anna's pupil and successor as...

    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...
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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....
  9. 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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  10. 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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