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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  10. 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,...
  20. 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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    If you follow the link at the bottom of my post...

    If you follow the link at the bottom of my post and scroll down a bit, there's an 'enroll now button' somewhere :thumbsup:
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    By the way, the way Mythgard works is that there...

    By the way, the way Mythgard works is that there are two levels of enrolment. Auditing lets you hear all the lectures and gives you access to the online readings, while full enrolment lets you take...
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    Beowulf Course

    Shameless plug alert! But this might be of interest here, so:

    Starting next month I'll be helping Tom Shippey teach an online course on 'Beowulf through Tolkien, and Vice Vesa' at the Mythgard...
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    How Grendel Stole Christmas

    This one was just sent around the Ansax-L list. It's pretty funny, if you don't mind a bit of inaccuracy (calling Beowulf a Swede...).
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