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.

2 Comments:

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!
Heather
www.thelibraryladder.blogspot.com

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

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

8/04/2006 11:37:00 AM  

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