03 August 2006

Tolkien’s Use of Old English

Here’s a great read: Some Old English in Tolkien. It's a list of the Old English words that Tolkien used as well as their original meanings. Here are a few examples: · Beorn: ‘man; noble, hero, chief, prince, warrior’; however, this is also how OE would render ON bjorn, ‘bear’. · Mirkwood: mircwudu, ‘dark forest’. In Norse poetry the term referred to the vast expanse of primeval forest in Germanic areas of the Continent. · Quickbeam: cwicbeam, ‘aspen, juniper’. This is definitely a fun read. Via The Bitter Scroll.


Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

This is timely for me because one of my online book clubs is reading The Hobbit this month!

8/03/2006 09:33:00 a.m.  
Blogger Amy said...

Good stuff! This link will definitely be good background for it.

8/04/2006 11:37:00 a.m.  

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