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Thought I'd Pass This Along

Since there are plenty of people on my f-list who will appreciate this.

Tom Shippey's review of the new publication of Tolkien's Sigurd and Gudrún in the TLS, the review wonderfully entitled Tolkien out-Wagners Wagner.

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gwynhyffar
May. 7th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
nice! I love the Nibelungenlied
frenchpony
May. 7th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
The opera cycle, or the original poems?
gwynhyffar
May. 7th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Well I like The Ring Cycle, but really I enjoyed studying the poem the most. I minored in German and we covered Das Nibelungenlied pretty indepth during a history and culture class.
heartofoshun
May. 7th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link, French Pony.
frenchpony
May. 7th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Any time. The TLS have a deep institutional love of Tolkien, and they have Tom Shippey working for them, so they are usually all over anything with the merest whiff of the Great Man.
perelleth
May. 7th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
IT was very intesrting... I suppose that for someonoe as nitpicky as prof Tolkien it must have been a challenging task.. and of course he must have done a thorough job...even if I for one am not generally much impressed by his poetry.

But I loved what this part implies...well, rather asserts, not so subtly.. To understand this poetry, one has to listen hard – a skill not much developed in modern literate and literary culture. Hehehe. Oh so true!
frenchpony
May. 7th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
There is indeed a rather large difference between oral cultures and written cultures. Kind of neat to see the little ways where those differences crop up.
meggins
May. 9th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
That was fascinating, Pony. Thanks.
frenchpony
May. 9th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Any time.
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