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  • Jack
    Certainly Tolkien taught himself Finnish, the better to be able to read the Kalevala... Not sure which textbook he used though! ... Jack ... From:
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      Certainly Tolkien taught himself Finnish, the better to be able to read the
      Kalevala...

      Not sure which textbook he used though!
      :o)
      Jack

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      Sent: 25 August 2011 07:20
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      Subject: [TolkienDiscussions] Elvish language roots

      I happen chance across some old books, most of them in the Finnish
      language, several pertaining to religion. A few of them are readers of some
      early grades in school. Most are dated to the late 19th century.
      One of them is titled "Finnish Grammar" by Eliot and is dated to 1890.
      Printed in London by the Oxford University Press. At this point I was
      beginning to think this might be a link to Tolkien.... The real kicker was
      that in the same lot of books, amongst the early school readers and hunting
      books was a copy of Tolkien's "Silmarillion !!
      This collection seems to have belong to a school teacher of the middle
      grades here in Michigan. The box was free so I took them.
      Hmmm.... I just wonder if this could be one of the reads that Tolkien
      studied as the time frame is right so is the printer.

      poikaa



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