Re: Mythcon 38 / Silmarillion?
- --Not everything appears in HoME:
Yes, and that just leaves scope for the next round
of scholarship, I suppose. Eventually somebody
will spend the requisite weeks in the Bodleian....
But it's important to keep in mind that HoME was
never intended to serve this purpose: its
intention was to trace the development of the
legendarium over JRRT's life.
HoME does allow source-tracing for the great
majority of the text. The biggest gaps are those
sections where CRT doesn't print the source, but
simply lists 'significant' editorial changes, as
in the Luthien chapter, and where (it is
deducible) a given text carries a layer of later
authorial emendations not enumerated. (The last
chapters are not really a 'gap' in our knowledge,
since there the editorial hand is almost certainly
the source of untraceable material).
Some of the big questions I'm afraid will never be
answered, though, unless CRT breaks his silence-
the Why? questions. Why for example the 1958
version of the death of the Trees was not
followed, or why the 'Feanor' chapters were so
- Sorry folks; that should have gone to Ellie, not the list. Apologies
On Aug 24, 2007, at 11:06 AM, John D Rateliff wrote:
> Hi Ellie
> Just a quick note to ask if you got the book back safely.