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Re: [mythsoc] Pronunciation query:

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  • Bonnie Callahan
    Hi Mike: We always pronounced it Fiffle-triggy (accents on first syllables) in discussion groups. Bonnie
    Message 1 of 22 , Apr 11, 2005
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      Hi Mike:

      We always pronounced it "Fiffle-triggy" (accents on first syllables) in
      discussion groups.

      Bonnie

      Mike Foster wrote:

      > Dear Lutwidgians,
      > I'm currently teaching the Ransom trilogy by CSL in my non-Tolkien
      > course in Fantasy Literature.
      >
      > What is the correct pronuciation of "pffifiltriggi" [sp. almost
      > certainly], if there is one?
      >
      > My guess sounds like Sylvester with a mouthful of Tweety Bird.
      >
      > Thanks,
      > Mike
      >
      > David Bratman wrote:
      >
      > >At 07:02 PM 4/11/2005 +0000, jt_heyman wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > >>David Bratman wrote:
      > >>
      > >>
      > >>>That's why he gave it that title: he was
      > >>>trying to recover lost myths of the English.
      > >>>(Well, sort of.)
      > >>>
      > >>>
      > >>In a way, that makes me feel sad ... as if an orphan is making up
      > >>stories about what his parents were really like. No imagined tale
      > >>can ever really be as satisfying as discovering the truth, but
      > >>perhaps it gives a small sense of comfort.
      > >>
      > >>
      > >
      > >It shouldn't: that's why I wrote "Well, sort of" -- Tolkien wasn't actually
      > >trying to reconstruct what the lost myths would have been like. He was
      > >trying to create a new myth that might take its place. By the time he
      > >wrote LOTR he had long since given up that idea, but he did succeed anyway:
      > >except that the nation that adopted his myth wasn't the English but the
      > >worldwide community of Tolkien enthusiasts. As you note.
      > >
      > >What's sad is that the original myths were lost in the first place, either
      > >because nobody ever wrote them down or the writings were destroyed (in this
      > >case, probably some of both).
      > >
      > >David Bratman
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      > >
      > >The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
      > >Yahoo! Groups Links
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      > The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
      > Yahoo! Groups Links
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