Long before Aquaman…

... there were plenty of people thinking about Atlantis. The location of this legendary kingdom that -- according to Plato and others -- sank into the ocean is unknown. But that hasn't stopped thinkers from imagining where it might be -- see the map illustration accompanying this post.  Do you notice anything unusual off the … Continue reading Long before Aquaman…

Don’t even publish your book: Tolkien’s option

With my recent conversation with Jim Rossi about self-publishing in mind, I turn again to J.R.R. Tolkien, whom I've been reading lately because of the publication of his Beowulf translation in May. He published The Hobbit and LOTR, and more besides these, but his translation of Beowulf never saw the light of publication in his lifetime. Though complete, and though he … Continue reading Don’t even publish your book: Tolkien’s option

Hobbitwulf

J.R.R. TOLKIEN  is certainly not the only person to ever translate  the word "middangeard" in Beowulf as "Middle-earth"  -- but his word choice, obviously, is more conspicuous (and interesting) to us than it is in other editions. The recent publication of his version of the epic poem is hardly a mere tiber to his fans — that's "gift" … Continue reading Hobbitwulf