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July 30, 2005

Changing the old songs

Here’s a matter that I’ve long wondered at: in The Lord of the Rings, Treebeard recites part of the “old lists” that he learned when he was young, a catalogue of creatures. Part of it is as follows:

Ent the earthborn, old as mountains;
Man the mortal, master of horses:
  

Later Treebeard says that he has put Hobbits into the “Long List”:

Ents the earthborn, old as mountains,
the wide-walkers, water drinking;
and hungry as hunters, the Hobbit children,
the laughing-folk, the little people,
  

What’s up with the change to the ‘entry’ for Ents? Is this an issue of translation (the list cannot have been in the Westron tongue if Treebeard learned it when he was young), or are these songs more malleable than I expect?

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July 02, 2005

Lecture schedule

I will be giving two lectures as part of the Tolkien and Medieval Literature course. These are:

  1. Introductions and identities in The Lord of the Rings, on Monday the 25th of July; and

  2. Tolkien’s construction of Faërie, on Monday the 12th of September.

Both lectures are from 11am till 11:50am and take place in Hugh Mackenzie 206.

Update: The lectures will take place in HM 206.

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