Tolkien: The Languages of Middle-Earth

11 02 2018


J.R.R. Tolkien. Three initials and one name, known all over the world as the author of the famous books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Within these books, he achieved his greatest work, even greater than writing the books themselves: he created languages. And we’re not talking about a couple of words in one or two invented languages. He invented proper languages, with grammar and vocabulary ,and lots of them.

Tolkien was a linguist who was fascinated by languages. It appears he may have started to create some languages as early as 1910, and his major work in the field is the creation of all the languages spoken in the world he invented for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth.

This work is colossal and answering the question “how many languages did Tolkien create?” remains difficult, even today. But let’s try to…

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Lewis and Tolkien – The Inklings

11 02 2018


This statement from the book, Inklings, by Humphrey Carpenter, is spoken of Charles Williams, who was a regular participant in the informal discussion group, the Inklings, formed by CS Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien at the University of Oxford, England. The group met at various times in Lewis’s classroom and a local pub from the late 1930’s to 1949. Charles Williams was an early member of the group and continued as a regular until his death in 1945. Williams grew up “a devout churchman” but was encouraged by his father “to appreciate the force of atheistic rationalism and to admire such men as Voltaire and Tom Paine”.

Lewis, of course, was an atheist when he arrived and began teaching at Oxford. His journey from materialism to agnosticism to Christian theism is chronicled in his autobiographical work, Surprised by Joy. Tolkien was already a Christian when Lewis joined him as a professor at Oxford, and…

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The Best Book Picture; Ever!

9 01 2018

Like driving a car at night – just so.

22 11 2017

Quotable #27: Reading & Perusing — Learn Fun Facts

14 11 2017

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. — Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1845

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Only Books

24 10 2017

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Only when you are reading a book are you actively dreaming someone else’s dream.

Can a Woman Paint and Be a Writer?

7 02 2017

Can a woman practise more than one art? asks Jane Kohut-Bartels, and answers it perfectly in her blog – Lady Nyo’s Weblog:

I received a comment recently on my blog about this issue. Apparently this was a rather new concept for this man. I in no way think he was trying to belittle me, but raising this question really made me think. Once Again. I thought I had put this on the back burner, but I see it […]

via Can a Woman Paint and Be a Writer? And do it with the same hand? — Lady Nyo’s Weblog