A message to Dorothea
- Just want to give a big shout-out back to Dorothea Salo, who featured
me prominently in her blog today, as a result of noticing my link:
I also want to tell Dorothea that I have done _nothing_ but highlight
the disgraceful behavior and hypocrisy of herself and her husband. I
just haven't. I neither hate them nor wish them "harm" (as she so
dramatically puts it). I just don't. Though I certainly hate what she,
and especially David, have done, and the divisive, self-defeatist
course they have chosen. I really do. And I certainly do not wish them
well on their current and persistent course of hypocrisy and
selfishness. I really don't. Whatever "harm" she finds in my words is
due only to having the light of truth shone back on her and David's own
words and deeds. It just is. And I can see why she would find truth
"harmful". I really do.
Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org
ho bios brachys, he de techne makre.
Ars longa, vita brevis.
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
"I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such
a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."
- Dorothea Salo likes to portray herself and her husband David as
innocent bystanders who just happen to have detractors, most recently
in her blog entry:
Let's take a little quiz, shall we?
Who is it...
1) ... that went to the other's house, taking advantage of a friendly
invitation to make rude and selfish demands of their host, insult him,
and then write a public account of their private meeting? Is that me?
No, wait, it's David Salo!
2) ... that created and moderated a mailing list that has a stated
policy of zero tolerance for flames and personal attacks, but
habitually used it to make such attacks, and still permits them to be
made, against those they dislike? Is that me? No, wait, it's David and
3) ... that created a list that claimed to be scholarly and to require
evidence for all assertions, but then used it to make frequent,
baseless accusations about the actions and motives of others, while
providing exactly _no_ evidence for the claims (because none existed),
even when challenged? Is that me? No, wait, it's David and Dorothea
4) ... that constantly accused the other of "silencing" people, again
without being able to cite even a single instance when challenged, and
then hypocritically "silenced" the other by banning them from their
list? Is that me? No, wait, it's David and Dorothea Salo!
5) ... that claims to be the world's leading expert on Tolkien's
languages, but has published almost nothing on the subject? Is that me?
No, wait, it's David Salo!
6) ... that wages a campaign against intellectual property rights,
stating openly that they believe that authors and artists should not be
entitled to the protection of copyright and the enjoyment of the fruits
of their labor, so as to justify their sense of entitlement to the work
and knowledge of others; but then delays publication of a (by their
own account) long-ago written and frequently-mentioned work until they
can parlay an association with a hugely successful commercial venture
into a book publication deal that stands to make them a considerable
amount of money (and on _that_ account, more power to 'em, I say),
instead of simply publishing the work for free on the Internet? Is that
me? No, wait, it's David and Dorothea Salo!
7) ... that accused Bill Welden of lying to the movie producers, of
being incompetent, of making claims without evidence, and of making
Tolkien linguists look bad; but themselves made every effort to bring
attention to their baseless claims, and have _still_ not retracted
their own baseless accusations or made an apology after Bill was proven
to be right, nor admitted that _they_ were in fact thus making claims
without a shred of evidence, and thereby making Tolkien linguists look
bad? Is that me? No, wait, it's David and Dorothea Salo!
8) ... that accused Bill Welden of being more interested in "making a
splash" than in producing scholarship, but has, unlike Bill, sent out
numerous press-releases touting their expertise on Tolkien's languages,
despite having published almost nothing on the subject (again, unlike
Bill)? Is that me? No, wait, it's David Salo!
9) ... that thinks that the world and everybody in it is answerable to
their whims and desires, and owes them whatever they want to have or
know? Is that me? No, wait, it's David and Dorothea Salo!
10) ... that blames everyone and everything but themselves for their
failings and failures? Is that me? No, wait, it's David and
(_especially_) Dorothea Salo! (Just read her blog, folks!)
11) ... that presents themselves as innocent victims, while in fact all
their troubles are entirely of their own making, due to their
arrogance, jealousy, egotism, selfishness, and hypocrisy? Is that me?
No, wait, it's David and Dorothea Salo!
12) ... that worked hard for many years with his colleagues to create
journals of high quality and sound scholarly approach, and
demonstrating trustworthiness and respect for Tolkien's intellectual
property rights, thereby catching the notice of Christopher Tolkien and
so being asked by him to edit and publish Tolkien's linguistic
writings? Is that me? Well, yes, it is! And that is the _sole_ reason
that David and Dorothea Salo treat with us as enemies.
13) ... that wants nothing more nor less than for the others to admit
their mistakes, to stop making demands of others, to stop making false
accusations about others, to pay more than lip-service to the
principles of fairness, decency, accuracy, and scholarship that they
espouse for Elfling, to end their many attacks and hypocrisies, and to
simply do the work that they enjoy and let him be free to do the work
that he enjoys without their harassment? Is that me? You betcha!
And is that too much to ask? I don't think so. I really don't.
Maybe you guys should just stick to invading Iraq and banning French
> Just want to give a big shout-out back to Dorothea Salo, whofeatured
> me prominently in her blog today, as a result of noticing my link: