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17350Re: Some Interesting Issues

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  • William Cloud Hicklin
    Dec 4, 2006
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      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, John D Rateliff
      <sacnoth@...> wrote:
      >
      > On Dec 1, 2006, at 10:40 AM, David Bratman wrote:
      > > . . . Tolkien scholarship is
      > > simply packed with "independent scholars", as they're
      called, who
      > > have no
      > > professorial affiliation but who've done excellent work.
      >
      > Indeed, one of the very best Tolkien scholars I've ever
      known made
      > his living as a bartender. And as for professors straying
      from their
      > nominal field, I believe Paul Kocher, who wrote the best
      of the early
      > books on Tolkien, was a specialist in Elizabethan lit,
      while Dr.
      > Blackwelder was a zoologist with a special interest in
      taxonomy.
      > --JDR
      >

      ....and one of the leading, if not the leading, contributors
      of citations to the Oxford English Dictionary was a
      committed inmate in a madhouse. I suppose this should make
      us all feel better.

      For that matter, the great Murray himself was by background
      a bank clerk.
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