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, "quildarener" <quildarener@y...> wrote:
> Without reflecting on your scholarship or your right
> to the Tolkien language material, I would point out that you and the
> rest of the E.T. have exclusive and jealously guarded control of
> this material and that only that circumstance forces the rest of us
> to rely on your release of it as a source of later Tolkien grammar
> and vocabulary.
Why is it that some people refuse to understand that Christopher
Tolkien has a right to decide who gets to publish his father's papers?
Anybody who has ever worked with archives and private papers in an
academic manner knows that these has to be "exclusively and jealously"
guarded since most archives demand that you do not publish without
their permission. Furthermore when you are working with private papers
you have to be extra careful since no honest person wants to violate
the trust of the owner or keeper of the papers.
It is an absurd assumption that the Tolkien papers should be freely
available to anyone who comes along since they are the property of the
Tolkien Estate and frankly I trust Christopher Tolkien and the people
he has been working with to make these papers available in a
presentable and scholarly manner.
"That circumstance" that the E. T. started to work with Christopher
Tolkien and earned his trust and cooperation has given us the Gnomish
and Qenya Lexicons, an until then unknown Tolkien writing system, the
sárati of Rúmil, the answer to what was behind the secret door in the
Paths of the Dead, five Catholic prayers in Elvish, page after page of
linguistic philosophy, elvish grammar and elvish words. All presented
in a thoroughly scholarly manner. And it doesn't seem to stop!
Happy "circumstance" indeed. I am happy that this task was appointed
to people who have kept an enduring interest in Tolkien's languages
over decades. Many people who were active in Tolkien linguistics in
1992, when I understand the E. T. started their cooperation with Chr.
Tolkien, have since dropped out. David Salo seems to have "retired"
after publishing his long awaited book. Lisa Star seems to have
withdrawn from Tolkien linguistics as well. Luckily the E. T. hasn't
lost interest and it seems that steadily and surely we will see the
unfolding of Tolkien's languages from A to Z.
Thank you Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Patrick Wynne, Arden
R. Smith and Bill Welden! You give us Tolkien's world in it's own
words. And for a moment or two we can feel that we are walking with
Nobody forces anybody to rely on anything. You are free to read what
you want and write what you want. Don't attack people for having
access to information, and that complain that you are forced to rely
on them when they publish that information.