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  1. I've found that argument by Hostetter and Wynne...

    I've found that argument by Hostetter and Wynne to be very interesting, but I have to wonder. I don't really see much evidence that Tolkien really had a fleshed out, philologically satisfying scheme...
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    Fascinating, Morgan - it would be very...

    Fascinating, Morgan - it would be very interesting to have a look at the original interview (and not just for the Tolkien connections, though it would be neat to hear what she has to say about that...
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    I wondered if it was meant to be an allusion to...

    I wondered if it was meant to be an allusion to the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae. I understand that Peter Jackson was pretty strongly influenced by the tradition of 'battle movies' in making TT, and...
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    Very interesting, Dorwiniondil. Does the...

    Very interesting, Dorwiniondil. Does the biographer mention whether she focused on medieval literature at all, or just encountered Tolkien through the usual dose of medievalism every student used to...
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    I came across four and a half more lines to add...

    I came across four and a half more lines to add to the catalogue of what's been released of the translation so far, quoted in the endmatter to Letters (in letter #61 Tolkien the Elder quoted a couple...
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    Drout's book is certainly good to have around - I...

    Drout's book is certainly good to have around - I got the second edition last year, and have referenced it not infrequently (though I haven't had a chance to properly read through Tolkien's drafts in...
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    That is an interesting comparison, though I could...

    That is an interesting comparison, though I could wish it was more accurate in the details - the most relevant one being that we don't even know whether the verse translation will be included in this...
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    Note: I've now corrected a few typos and...

    Note: I've now corrected a few typos and misprints, and added proper attribution at the bottom. I also see that there was a footnote to the original excerpt, which I forgot to include in the initial...
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    Excerpt of 'Béowulf' from HC

    In the run-up to the release of Tolkien's Béowulf translation and commentary, HarperCollins is releasing two extracts from the book. They have asked a number of Tolkien-based sites, including the...
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    This is a quick follow-up to the mention of the...

    This is a quick follow-up to the mention of the article by Fulk on the name Béowulf mentioned in the first post, inspired by a Facebook discussion by Carl Anderson on the original meaning and...
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    Michael Drout has updated his blog to provide an...

    Michael Drout has updated his blog to provide an account of what really happened with the claims that he 'discovered' this Béowulf translation, and why he ceased work on the edition he'd been...
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    ladysherlockian, good luck getting a copy - I've...

    ladysherlockian, good luck getting a copy - I've heard shipping into Poland can sometimes be bizarrely expensive.

    This publication probably is a good chance to read The Monsters and the Critics,...
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    That's an interesting thought, Troels. Or, to put...

    That's an interesting thought, Troels. Or, to put it another (less provocative?) way: it might not actually be off base to see (some kinds of) fanfiction as essentially *writing. At least insofar as...
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    And as a brief follow-up this morning, since the...

    And as a brief follow-up this morning, since the first post was already long (and making me stay up too late), there's one more question I've got about Sellic Spell: will there be a dragon?

    Most...
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    Sellic Spell

    As we wait for the endless days to pass until May 22 and the release of Tolkien's translation of Béowulf, I thought it might be worthwhile to start a thread about probably the most obscure part of...
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    I do have to wonder how much specifically...

    I do have to wonder how much specifically Tolkienian we will be able to discern in this translation. Some, certainly, but from the excerpt we have in The Lost Road it's clear that fidelity to the...
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    That will be very interesting to see, geordie. ...

    That will be very interesting to see, geordie.

    In the meantime, it's probably worth mentioning that if anyone wants a foretaste of this, the opening of Tolkien's prose translation has actually...
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    The Guardian has picked up on this. No new...

    The Guardian has picked up on this. No new details, really, but some good comments from John Garth:

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/19/jrr-tolkien-beowulf-translation-published
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    Beowulf

    Tolkien's translations of Beowulf, one in prose and one in verse, have been awaited for a very long time. Michael Drout was preparing them for publication at one point, but that was halted a number...
  20. Beowulf, and The Sellic Spell. 22nd May. Nothing...

    Beowulf, and The Sellic Spell. 22nd May. Nothing more need be said.

    http://www.tolkienbeowulf.com/


    Edit: Whether or not anything more needs to be said, I have done so and started a discussion...
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    Are these 'others' actually suggesting that Mîm...

    Are these 'others' actually suggesting that Mîm is a translation by the 'editor', like Thorin or Durin? Because while I think it's virtually certain that Tolkien got the name from ON Mímir, I don't...
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    I think that if TLotR had ended, say, with 'The...

    I think that if TLotR had ended, say, with 'The Steward and the King', people like this reviewer might sort of have a point. But isn't a little joy and celebration deserved in the immediate aftermath...
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    Well, there probably wasn't really a good...

    Well, there probably wasn't really a good objective reason to doubt the reports - Frodo obviously didn't (based on his comments upon seeing Balin's tomb). I do think Gimli is allowing his dismay at...
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    Very interesting observation - I'd never picked...

    Very interesting observation - I'd never picked up on that before. I think the exact phrasing of what Gimli says matters: 'I have looked on Moria, and it is very great, but it has become dark and...
  25. If you weren't that entertained by the first...

    If you weren't that entertained by the first three books, I'm not sure I'd press you to keep reading :smile: Book four in particular is one of the weaker early books, and the series is a a touch on...
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