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  • Thu, 03 Jan 2019 08:00:00    Permalink
    A Quick Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth

    "Eala Earendel, engla beorhtast ofer middangeard monnum sended"

    The above quote comes from a line of Anglo-Saxon poetry. J.R.R. Tolkien, a linguist and scholar of Anglo-Saxon culture, encountered the line in his research and became fascinated with the word "earendel." Though his Anglo-Saxon dictionary translated the word as "shining light," Tolkien believed that the word sounded like it came from a language "far beyond ancient English." 

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