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    I've just found E.L. Risden's review in the...

    I've just found E.L. Risden's review in the Journal of Tolkien Research, and added a comment on it:


    This review assumes general background knowledge of Tolkien and his interest in Beowulf, and...
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    Old English at Mythgard

    If I can indulge in a bit of shameless self-promotion, I thought I'd led folks know that I'll be helping Michael Drout teach an online class on Old English (Anglo-Saxon) for Mythgard this fall:...
  3. Ah yes, that's part of the counter-spam measures...

    Ah yes, that's part of the counter-spam measures - that had slipped my mind.

    The runes themselves look fine enough to me (after a pretty cursory look), more or less following the lead of the Codex...
  4. This looks interesting. I've had a glance over...

    This looks interesting. I've had a glance over some of the Germanic materials (my particular area of interest), and it looks like you've got a nice sampling of texts up there. It's also nice to see a...
  5. Scientific Evidence for Dragons?

    Nature's got an interesting article on today suggesting that medieval depictions of dragons - such an important source for Tolkien - might have some basis after all.
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  6. This is beginning in about five minutes.

    This is beginning in about five minutes.
  7. Michael Drout Lecture on 23 March

    Michael Drout is giving a free lecture through the Mythgard academy on March 23 (at 6 pm Eastern Standard Time, which I think should be 10 pm GMT). He's going to be talking about 'Lexomic Analysis of...
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    Interesting. Without really reflecting on this,...

    Interesting. Without really reflecting on this, I'd always taken it to refer to the Hobbits - or rather, to the hostile atmosphere of the moment. But I can see both sides, since Frodo seems to be...
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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.
  10. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  22. 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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