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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,...
  4. 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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    That would be Michael Ward, I believe.

    That would be Michael Ward, I believe.
  11. The timing in that is really surreal!

    The timing in that is really surreal!
  12. Lady, yes, it's a parody. The original song...

    Lady, yes, it's a parody. The original song starts 'I am the very model of a modern major-general', by Gilbert and Sullivan (The Pirates of Penzance).

    There's the lyrics for another parody based...
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    Reminds me how Tolkien wrote about 3, 7, 9, and 1...

    Reminds me how Tolkien wrote about 3, 7, 9, and 1 Rings of power - which when rearranged form 1973, the year of Tolkien's death. As geordie likes to say: Coincidence? Well yes, actually.

    Not that...
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    I'm sure the evidence is 'remarkable' indeed...

    I'm sure the evidence is 'remarkable' indeed...
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    A New Beowulf Show

    Apparently Beowulf is slated to be adapted as 'a western set in the Dark Ages of Britain's mythic past'. I'm not quite sure what that means, to be honest. It certainly will be a... 'loose' rendering...
  16. The Very Model of a Biblical Philologist

    If you've memorized in order all the known hapax legomena, you might like this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x2SvqhfevE
  17. One of the main things that attracted me about...

    One of the main things that attracted me about this set was the idea of a nice, corrected text within Tolkien's cover designs, so I think I'll just wait. This is just a treat, really, and I'm happy...
  18. That is very interesting. I've been thinking...

    That is very interesting. I've been thinking about getting the three volume HC set, but now I'll be sure to hold out for a corrected printing.
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    One aspect of Tolkien's craft I noticed was his...

    One aspect of Tolkien's craft I noticed was his fine control of formulaic variation. There are a great many 'echoes' throughout the two poems, with the same or similar half-lines used in various...
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    When I saw the title of this post, I thought it...

    When I saw the title of this post, I thought it meant something very different!

    This strikes me as a very interesting line to look into, potentially. Obviously we wouldn't want to pigeon-hole...
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    Indeed - and while we obviously can't really know...

    Indeed - and while we obviously can't really know much about how it was originally performed, there's a very fine rendering of (the first section) of the poem by Benjamin Bagby. I highly recommend...
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    Eye-rolls are something that I have yet to figure...

    Eye-rolls are something that I have yet to figure how to convey effectively through text :■
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    Eglerio indeed! I think this calls for a song. ...

    Eglerio indeed! I think this calls for a song.

    Ne gehýrde ic wyr­ran .. weard bócláfes
    só­fŠstran sunu .. sincword gehealdan
    ■onne Tolcéning, .. torht Cristofer.
    FŠder fela gescóp .....
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    Puddleglum, putting the emphasis on healing is...

    Puddleglum, putting the emphasis on healing is very appropriate, I think - I wouldn't want to push the 'conversion' idea too far, particularly not to the exclusion of other things. Nonetheless, I...
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    Puddleglum, while I completely agree that looking...

    Puddleglum, while I completely agree that looking at Éowyn's life as a whole is important (or at any rate would be, if we could), I'm not sure it fundamentally changes our view of her despair or her...
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