Re: MERP essay - Hobbitry-in-Armchairs: Philandering Tolkien's Philology
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Elizabeth Apgar Triano"
>Paul Kocher, in MASTER OF MIDDLE-EARTH, noted that one is as likely
> The folk of ME don't talk much about Eru or the Valar, even
> less than we talk about the air (but we do, as weather,
> pollen, etc.) or gravity. But they are there nonetheless.
to be told what the weather was like on a given day in THE LORD OF
THE RINGS as anything else. And yet hardly do the characters seem to
speak of it, except when "there are fell voices are on the air".
We take much for granted, without asking whether it was indeed
granted or earned or stolen or perhaps merely lost by the wayside.
Now, if we could only tie the Witch of Endor to, say, Thuringwethil.
But I am curious about something. When Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli
meet Eomer and the Riders of Rohan, Eomer addresses them in Rohirric,
which only Aragorn speaks (apparently). Does the requirement that
travelers in Rohan (at that time) speak Rohirric count as a
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