Re: [elfscript] Re: Fauskanger vs. Hostetter
- On 7/15/02 9:15 AM, "taoist1967" <taoist1967@...> wrote:
> Well, I didn't start it.No, you just started it _again_, pointlessly, in an off-topic forum, and not
even continuing the actual subject of debate before. Good show.
>> You, sir, have been dupedPlease.
> By whom?
>> My colleagues and I _have_ been publishing, for many years, in the pages ofFirst, how would you know, since you don't take _VT_ or _Parma_? Second, how
>> _VT_ and _Parma Eldalamberon_.
> But obviously at an astonishing speed.
can _anyone_ know what is or is not an "astoninshing" speed for publishing
this material? By what metric do you measure? Have _you_ ever published one
of Tolkien's linguistic manuscripts (which, as Christopher Tolkien has put
it, are "instrinsically more difficult" even than what he did in _HoMe_)?
And third, we are clearly publishing at a faster rate than Helge can keep up
with, to judge by the out-of-datedness of his Web pages, and by his own
admission that he hasn't been able to keep up with _VT_. Since your
understanding of Tolkienian linguistics is obviously filtered through Helge,
perhaps you should pester _him_ to keep you up-to-date, if you can't be
bothered to follow the literature yourself.
>> I have made the effort and shown the trust and ability that put me in theI have a responsibility to _myself_, and to _no one else_. I do not _have_
>> position of being able to work with and publish Tolkien's linguistic
>> manuscript legacy.
> So now you have a responsibility to do it.
to publish anything. I _choose_ to do so, because I love Tolkien's languages
and want to share my interest in the subject, despite the insane arrogance
of my critics (_not_, mind you, critics of my _work_, but of _me_).
Nonetheless, I am _not bound_ to publish even one more word on the subject
(and have many times wondered the past years why I bother). The nature and
limit of my _personal_ responsibility is to do the best job I can, and to do
it in a manner required by the material itself. I have in no way failed in
that responsibility. Indeed, the only way I _could_ fail in it is to give in
to the petty jealousies and flagrant arrogance of various critics and do
what _they_ want, instead of continuing to do what is right.
> Could it be that there is some essential difference between my approach to theThink about it. It will come to you.
> material and the Estate and the archives, and Helge's approach, that makes
> mine successful and Helge's not? Hm. Hm.
> Is there? What could it be?
> Regarding linguistical proficiency _and_ philological technique, Helge seemsWere those qualities sufficient, things might be different. They are not.
> quite capable (and yes, I'm in a position to judge that), he has written
> book-length accounts of Quenya and Sindarin,
And in the other requisite qualities, Helge is _spectacularly_ deficient.
> he makes intelligent conclusions from sparse material.That is a matter of debate.
> I guess it's because we started a little later that we don't have access toWhat are you talking about? You have just as much "access" to _VT_ as anyone
> the material.
has, or has ever had. Ever issue is perpetually in print, for $2 to $3
(depending on where it is to be mailed to).
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| 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." |