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  1. I don't think the Mistborn books are Sanderson's...

    I don't think the Mistborn books are Sanderson's best work. He specializes in fast-paced stories in slightly unusual worlds, usually with very elaborate magic (or magic-like) systems. If you want to...
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    Actually I more or less agree with the Wiki. Here...

    Actually I more or less agree with the Wiki. Here is, roughly, the history of the word orc:

    1) Old English somehow developed an element orc-, which never occurs on its own, but is found in a...
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    I'm a bit late to the party, but I'd just point...

    I'm a bit late to the party, but I'd just point out that ogre isn't from orc-yrs. Ogre is borrowed from French; its earlier etymology is obscure. It might be ultimately from Latin Orcus, which is...
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    I've updated the main post to include a section...

    I've updated the main post to include a section on academic reviews (and moved Risden's piece into that section, where it properly belongs). Anyone know of other academic reviews I could add?
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    Tarawen, there have been a few people who've done...

    Tarawen, there have been a few people who've done things like that and wondered if that would be enough. I've generally been saying yes, though it might mean a bit more work on your end compared to...
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    A bit of an update here - this class is being...

    A bit of an update here - this class is being pushed back to the Autumn, so won't be starting this May. This is to accommodate students, since we were hearing from a lot of people that summer travel...
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    Beowulf in Old English

    If anyone's been itching to dig into a text that had a really huge influence on Tolkien, Karl Persson and myself will be teaching Beowulf in Old English at Signum/Mythgard, starting in a couple of...
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    I'm not sure how much more I'd have to say on...

    I'm not sure how much more I'd have to say on publishing on the more academic side of things beyond what's already been mentioned. One thing that Saranna mentioned that I'd emphasize again is that...
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    I read most volumes straight through in order...

    I read most volumes straight through in order (though I approached the whole series by tackling the non-LotR stuff first, and then coming back from volumes 6-8 and the beginning of 9; I think I also...
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    Ēarendil and Auzandil

    Tolkien very famously got one of the germs of his mythology from the name Ēarendel as he found it in the Old English poem Crist.1 Tolkien was struck by the name, apparently partly because it seemed...
  11. I think this is just a question of whether...

    I think this is just a question of whether certain suffixes are proper to male or female persons, without implying any wider grammatical gender (like traditional English act-or/act-ress). I don't...
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    Tolkien's italicization of the words in question...

    Tolkien's italicization of the words in question involved really seem to cut Westron out of the equation, which is a bit confusing since by normal linguistic practice, Tolkien's statement can only...
  13. The return from the strange, even though The...

    The return from the strange, even though The Shire is itself drastically different.

    Or in Frodo's case, to not return home, because he himself has changed too much - '[the Shire] has been saved,...
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    The Toast Comes to Middle-earth

    Some of you may be familiar with the website The Toast, a forum for various satirical and whimsical articles of various sorts. They've got a pretty long tradition of doing humorous commentaries on...
  15. Smials, yes, I very much had TLotR specifically...

    Smials, yes, I very much had TLotR specifically in mind with those comments. Actually it might not be going too far to say that the immense popularity of this book in particular owes at least...
  16. Recognition and Estrangement in Tolkien

    I happened to come across an interesting opinion piece from The Guardian (a few years old now, but I've only just seen it), which is mostly a set up to give a quote by sci fi author China Mieville....
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    :lol:

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    Thanks for these links. Those are some very good...

    Thanks for these links. Those are some very good reviews, and very much confirmed my impressions: I really need to read Edwards', and won't bother with the others (though the 'Elansea' one is...
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    Dorwiniondil, 'one'? :wink:

    Dorwiniondil, 'one'? :wink:
  20. Sticky: Not a Brit, but I've spent a few years in the...

    Not a Brit, but I've spent a few years in the British academic system - with the result that my English is now a pretty hopeless jumble.
  21. Sticky: I've heard informally that it should be appearing...

    I've heard informally that it should be appearing fairly soon, but I don't have any concrete or official information. Certainly now that term times are drawing to an end at most universities things...
  22. Melahny, yes, Quenya is in some ways better...

    Melahny, yes, Quenya is in some ways better sketched out and a bit more systematically understood - but it's fundamentally the same sort of situation as with Sindarin. Jim Allan's book also has...
  23. There is, unfortunately, no really simple answer...

    There is, unfortunately, no really simple answer to any of your questions! Tolkien tinkered with Sindarin his whole life, but it was sort of a matter of gradual evolution rather than a number of...
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    The Story of Kullervo

    This one's received a bit less fanfare, but there is a 'new' Tolkien book just out - The Story of Kullervo. I say 'new', because actually this has been published before, in Tolkien Studies, so this...
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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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