Helge on _VT_ 45
- The hypocrisy flows freely whenever David Salo or Helge Fauskanger
chime in, and never more freely than when both are involved, as in the
latest post by Helge, lovingly approved by list
I'd like to focus the lantern of truth on this little sarcastic
potshot, referring to the correction of certain typographical errors in
various Elvish forms:
> No little nod of acknowledgement that "fellow" scholars had actuallyTo respond:
> figured this out even without access to privileged information?
1) Helge hypocritically fails to note that his own "fellow" scholars
had actually "figured out" quite a few such probable errors long before
his own groundbreaking, pioneering, hard-on-the-heels first-look at
_Etymologies_ burst on the scene some 10 years after its publication
(in the meantime lying unnoticed by everyone else, until Helge rescued
it from neglect -- or so he would have you believe), and yet you will
search in vain to find the name of even a single such scholar in his
2) It would serve absolutely no scholarly or otherwise useful purpose
to note the _guesses_ of other people in a work based on the _actual
manuscript_. Who on earth would care one whit that Helge had published
a web page in which he guessed some form is incorrect?
3) I notice that Helge doesn't bother to point out any of the
not-infrequent cases where his guesses were _wrong_, or to criticize
the editors of the "A&C" for not noting that this "fellow" scholar had
made _wrong_ guesses (such as **_mankar_ for _makar_, **_Dureledh_ for
_Duveledh_, that _gwedi_ is a misreading, and insisting that N _Anar_
must be Q).
4) Just who are the compilers and editors of this work that Helge
reviews at such length, and criticizes for not naming names? Good luck
finding out from Helge's review: he hypocritically neglects to mention
the people to whose long, hard work he is indebted.
5) Not that this is anything new for Helge. He makes a point,
conveniently, of singling out new information shedding light on
"Fíriel's Song", which he himself had analyzed in considerable detail
on his site at: <http://www.uib.no/People/hnohf/firiel.htm>. You'll
search in vain on that page, though, for any mention of the _first_
scholar to have offered a detailed analysis of the poem, Patrick Wynne
(_Parma Eldalamberon_ 8, published in 1990) -- who, perhaps not
coincidentally, is one of the unnamed compilers and editors of the
"A&C". Does Helge suffer from a form of Tourette's Syndrome that makes
him unable to speak or type the names of "fellow" scholars?
We get the message, Helge: do as you say, not as you do.
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- On Dec 12, 2003, at 3:34 PM, Carl F. Hostetter wrote:
> 5) Not that this is anything new for Helge. He makes a point,Helge _also_ neglects to mention that the feature illuminated, that of
> conveniently, of singling out new information shedding light on
> "Fíriel's Song",
the use of _en_ before past-tense verbs, was pointed out by Pat and me
in the "A&C" entry. Helge instead hypocritically presents the
connection without acknowledgment of this fact, as though he were the
first to draw it.