Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien speaks!
- Mary -
I wrote to info@..., an address I found on their "About Us" page.
I had wanted to write specifically about the phantom poem - the mistake
that the poem was unpublished has been on the liner notes ever since the
record was first issued by Caedmon 25 years ago, and has never been
corrected - and now mp3lit has attached the mistake to the wrong poem,
thus compounding the error.
I hadn't even noticed the typo in the name at first (I'm not a great
proofreader, though I do know how to spell "Reuel"), but if you're going
to write about that, there's a raft of errors and misleading statements
in the descriptive paragraphs, to wit:
>John Ronald Reul TolkienReuel.
> was Merton Professor of English languageAnd before that, he was Rawlinson & Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon for
>and literature for more than a decade
two decades. This was chopped liver? Also, capitalize Language and
Literature; they're part of the title. And one might mention that the
position was at Oxford University; most casual readers won't know offhand
what a "Merton Professor" is, except that it sounds impressive.
>and was recognized as an authorityPerhaps?????!!?? (I'm not even going to get into "based on his own
>on Old and Middle English. He is perhaps best known for the popular
>novels based on his own mythology
mythology"--true but misleading)
>--"The Hobbit" and "The Lord ofNot a trilogy!!!!
>the Rings" trilogy
>--however, in addition Tolkien published a number ofAnd other stories during his lifetime, not to mention all sorts of
>philological and critical studies.
interesting posthumous fictions. Chopped liver again? (The prose in
this phrase is not exactly limpid, either.)
>This audio is from a tape recording that Tolkien made in August 1952.Swotted up from George Sayer's notes. Oversimplified, but that's Sayer's
>"The Lord of the Rings," on which he'd worked for over 14 years, had
>been refused by publishers and he had almost given up hope of ever
>seeing it in print. But this recording made him believe in it enough
>again to prompt him to send it to a former pupil who had become a
>publisher. The result was that even during his lifetime over three
>million copies were sold.
problem, not theirs.
>Listen to two rare recordings featuring Tolkien himself reading fromHow "rare", exactly? These recordings are easily found. Possibly they
meant that Tolkien recorded rarely.
>"The Two Towers." The second piece, is an unpublished poem that wasUngrammatical comma.
>apparently originally intented for inclusion in Part One of "The Lord of"Part One ... Book Two" -- this will baffle anyone who doesn't already
>the Rings" in Book Two, Chapter VII, "The Mirror Of Galadriel." All
know their way around the work. Suggest sticking in "The Fellowship of
the Ring" title in there too.
>this and more can be found on the audio release of "J.R.R. Tolkiencan ... by -- probably should be may ... from.
>Reads" by HarperAudio.
But correcting errors about Tolkien, let alone on other topics, is an
endless job, especially on the web.