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On St George and his day

Originally posted on Lugubelinus:
The last time I gave much thought to St George, I think, was in Afghanistan. I was researching Bamiyan, and visited a valley, Darre-ye Azhdaha, a few miles to the west of Bamiyan town. At its…

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Beren and Lúthien, a centenary publication

Originally posted on John Garth:
In a wood filled with a cloud of white flowers, a soldier walked in the spring of 1917 with his wife, and she sang and danced for him. To that battle-worn lieutenant, J R R Tolkien, Edith’s dance…

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Beren and Lúthien

Originally posted on Too Many Books and Never Enough:
HarperCollins will announce today the latest Tolkien title edited by Christopher Tolkien, Beren and Lúthien, to be illustrated with drawings and paintings by Alan Lee and published on 4 May 2017.…

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When the spade you call a spade’s no spade

Originally posted on Lugubelinus:
My least snappy title by a distance. Apologies, and apologies also for a blog inspired by a pun so obscure that I’ve seen it attributed to two Oxford Classicists separately. Actually it was really inspired by…

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“Two Ears, One Mouth”: Hunting a Proverb from Zeno to Paul’s Mom

Originally posted on SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE:
On using twitter and the internet to trace the history of a cherished proverb; or, on the birth of a t-shirt. Last fall, I noticed the Paul Holdengraber‘s 7-word autobiography from brainpickings.org.: “Mother always said:…

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The long road behind (personal story)

Originally posted on alexioskomnenos:
(If you’re going to read this, please read the whole thing before drawing your conclusions, some passages in this will make you angry, I accept and understand that, but context matters. Please note that I’m not…

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Fairytale Genetics

Originally posted on Will Pooley:
So by now you’ve seen the story doing the rounds online about how fairytales are much older than researchers thought, as proved by ‘phylogenetic analyses’. Us humanities scholars should be darn grateful we have those…

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