18446Re: [mythsoc] Re: Medieval studies
- Jul 9, 2007On Jul 9, 2007, at 12:58 PM, William Cloud Hicklin wrote:
> Fair enough, but the column's reference to 'speaking'Or Indo-European. Of course. But I'm willing to cut him a break on
> or 'knowing' or 'knowing of' the language "Elvish" is
> simply ignorance. One can't, even in theory, speak
> "Elvish" any more than one could speak Romance, or
that point, since Bilbo himself often uses "Elvish" when he means
(e.g. "Translations from the Elvish" or "I thought you knew enough
Elvish at least to know dun-adan: Man of the West, Numenorean").
Finally getting a chance to read the article itself, I think it
does a pretty good job of pointing out that today's scholars don't
become medievalists by reading BEOWULF in college; they discover a
love of medieval literature either through reading JRRT, or playing
D&D, or (in the vast majority of cases) both.
It's funny that as a gamer I see pieces like this every year
where a reporter goes to regale people about the odd going-ons at
GenCon; seeing the same treatment transferred to a scholarly
conference is bemusing. Though as a purist I do scoff at the idea
that finding a computer to play D&D Online isn't the same thing as
finding a place to play D&D.
Thanks to Wendell for posting the link.
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