Tolkiens Writing style and other facts about him

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Tolkiens Writing style and other facts about him

Postby Evlfrost » Tue Jan 28, 2003 10:40 pm

Ive considerd reading JRR Tolkeins letters. Is it worth reading?
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Postby TerraFrost » Tue Jan 28, 2003 10:54 pm

actually, hehe - i've never read it, either :)
i've just skimmed through it :)
i would like to read it if i had the time, but... bah - that hasn't happened, yet :(
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Postby Rao » Sat Feb 08, 2003 2:16 pm

His letters are very hard to understand because he often drifted from his points. He was a very lazy writer, but you wouldnt think so. If he was disciplined like the authors now-a-days, he may have gotten up 6 or 7 ages of the world. Which i really would have liked.
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Postby Evlfrost » Sat Feb 08, 2003 5:25 pm

Yeah he was a bit lazy. But 6 or 7 ages? I just would of liked some stories on the 4th age.
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Postby Rao » Tue Feb 11, 2003 4:11 am

Bit lazy!?!?!?! He was pathedically lazy. If he would have spent as much time on his stories rather than that damn elven language, he would have spit out a few more ages. But oo well. I can complain.
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Postby Evlfrost » Tue Feb 11, 2003 2:48 pm

I saw a website once where they were translating LOTR into the quendi language...Pretty messed up. But hey people translated the bible into klingon...
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Postby Rao » Wed Feb 12, 2003 3:47 am

Can you find me the link to this website?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Postby Evlfrost » Wed Feb 12, 2003 2:24 pm

If I can find it...
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Postby Tar-Herunole » Sat Jan 17, 2004 3:03 am

I started reading but he talks about too many distant things... never finished. I recommend the biography though, because it really gives you a good idea of who was Tolkien and why he wrote so
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Postby Lord Reefer » Fri Jan 30, 2004 5:30 pm

[quote="Rao"] If he would have spent as much time on his stories rather than that damn elven language, [ quote]

I know he was doctor of Mythology at some university but wasn't he a linguist by profession ?. The Elven language was probably his pride and joy. The books were most likely just a spin off from this ;)

Having said all that, It is totally useless to us mere mortals. (unless you're another linguist)
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Postby Tar-Herunole » Sun Feb 01, 2004 12:50 am

Tolkien was no ordinary professor as the ones you may find in any nowadays college. He was a respected scholar. He was proffessor of English in leeds and then Professor of Anglo Saxon in Oxford and finally Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford. Being Oxford and Cambridge the best Universities of his time, it's like saying that he was at the utmost top of his profession.
He was not lazy writter. He wrote numerous scientific work on the Sagas, AngloSaxon, the value of fantays (like Beowulf) and the value of Myth. And of course a lot about lingustic, including a study on the celtic languages of the north east of Spain... He did transalations from old legends like Sir Gawain and collaborated on writing the Oxforfd Dictionary.
He loved inventing languages since he was a child...
I am not a linguist, but I like linguistics and although I don't speak elvish, I apprecite the effort he put on it.
Maybe the Sillmarilliion could be better finished, and maybe the unfinished and lost tales better integrated... but even the way it is there is so many to talk about becuase he managed to make the morst difficult: to give its works an spirit of its own, like the "Imperishable Flame" he talks about. Many other fiction authors create nice stories, but their world more or less ends with their books. Because of his works and the time he spent thinking about the War, God, Myths, languages, etc... he managed to trasfer all this depth to his work. I think we cnanot complain.
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