16831Re: [mythsoc] Re: Bede's calendar/Tolkien's, &"borrowing"
- Jul 24, 2006I had a similar experience when I first read *The Song of Roland*. Roland's
horn is named Oliphant, and of course this reminded me immediately of
Tolkien's Oliphaunts, which Sam was so excited to see.
On 7/24/06, ccampboyle <ccampboyle@...> wrote:
> I had a similar experience in high school (New York, about 1977)when I
> discovered the Latin title of Erasmus's "In Praise of Folly" was
> "Encomium Moria." I just had this flash "let folly be our cloak,"
> particularly since the Moria venture was Gandalf's idea.
> Cathy Boyle
> (re-lurking for another year or so.)
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <mythsoc%40yahoogroups.com>, Bonnie
> Callahan <bonolatm@...> wrote:
> > Interesting in general about Tolkien's ability to
> > borrow creatively from obscure sources. To name a few:
> > As a teen I bought into all of his world as
> > "invented". Then in Freshman Anthropology, studied
> > early Middle East, found "Erech". Found a ref. to Mt.
> > Moriah. Pope's home; Castle Gandolfo.
> > Hobbit names. My Jr. High "girls VP" was a
> > "Brockhouse". There's a "Chubb Gp." financial
> > org/ins, co. A huge real estate concern out here in
> > West; "GRUBB- Ellis". Check out those phone books in
> > England for many others!
> > Senator Bilbo from the deep south many decades ago.
> > Wales in 1975; Found that souvenir Welsh doll
> > named "Eirwen" (Snow White, pronounced Arwen)
> > My memory of having seen someone's doll in
> > '50s with a blue tunic, yellow pants, & other
> > characteristics that popped into my head the moment I
> > read the description of Tom Bombadil.
> > It felt almost psychic, to pick up these echoes of
> > cross-cultural resonance in as sheltered an
> > environment as the San Fernando Valley in 1966.
> > Middle Earth is here & now!!!
> > Bonnie
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