‘I cannot come!’ they heard her cry. / ‘I was born Earth’s daughter!’
Ars longa, vita brevis? Not for the Elves.
In the original Old Norse, the Dvergatal contains rather more than sixty names, mostly strung together as a simple rhythmic list.
“Tolkien was almost excessively ‘tough-minded’: (…) all drove him to work out from single words, or cruxes, or kernels, or nuggets.”
“By 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead.”