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, David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
> What's the authority for stating that Helen Buckhurst was a member of
> the Coalbiters? Or Hugo Dyson?
My source appears to be one of your least favorite authors: Daniel Grotta. I should have done more research on the Coalbiters and found some corroboration for his statement.
I have amended the article to read this way:
Helen MacMillan Buckhurst was an Icelandic scholar and friend of J.R.R. Tolkien's whom he met at Oxford; (according to controversial writer Daniel Grotta she was a member of the Coalbiters, the informal group of scholars who discussed Icelandic myth and sagas at local pubs and other informal locations -- I have been unable to corroborate this claim). Other members of the group included C.S. Lewis, (perhaps Hugo Dyson?), Neville Coghill, and George Gordon among others.
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