18592Tolkien studies as scholarship
- Aug 15, 2007
>>Merlin DeTardo wrote:I have some friends still in teaching who keep asking me why I waste time researching Tolkien when I could study something of more substance. I will use this to show that substance is in the eye of the beholder.
>>But if one must be cautious of the Scylla of assuming that the
>>published material is all, I've also seen Tolkienists fall into the
>>Charybdis of a "it's just around the corner" attitude; that if only
>>those inexplicably greedy linguists would release the material, we
>>could all speak fluent Sindarin at our wedding ceremonies, and peace
>>and joy would reign throughout the world.
>I once read a comparison* of that attitude to the controversy
>surrounding the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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