Christopher John Reuel Tolkien died on 15 January 2020, at the age of 95, in Draguignan, Var, France.
Tag: Tom Shippey
‘Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.’
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.”
“There is an ancient myth in this feature, that of the ‘true language’, the tongue in which there is a thing for each word and a word for each thing, and in which signifier then naturally has power over signified.”