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A Middle English Vocabulary Challenge

SirDennisC
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Feb 10 2012, 7:22pm


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Recently I was moved to consult Tolkien's "A Middle English Vocabulary" as published in Kenneth Sisam (ed.), Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose (With Glossary) Claredon Press: Oxford (1955). Sisam was originally published in 1921 without Tolkien's glossary, the latter being published in 1922. However, though part of the same edition (1955) of Sisam, Tolkien's "Glossary" is listed as printed in 1956. If this is correct, it must have been added to Sisam sometime after his work was published but before both were bound.

What moved me? In another thread the word "knaged" was in question and our geordie retrieved a translation from Tolkien's glossary in Gordon and Tolkien's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1925) -- mine a less illustrious, though highly cherished 1963 edition ;) In any event, upon checking the glossary in Sisam myself (couldn't find Sir Gawain, but have since) I discovered the word "knaged" was not included. Therefore it appears that to get a more complete view of Tolkien's labours in Middle English, you need more than one of his glossaries.

In the preface to Tolkien in Sisam, JRRT says the following:

"A good working knowledge of Middle English depends less on the possession of an abstruse vocabulary than on the ordinary machinery of expression..."


I thought we might put his assertion to the test, wherefore the challenge. You will require neither glossary mentioned above to participate in this thread. Furtermore let it be known: if you use one of Tolkien's glossaries here, you will be disqualified from the competition and forfiet any credits accrued to that point.Laugh

A list of 10 words from Tolkien's glossaries will appear in a reply to this post. I leave you to guess or work-out their present form (if any) and/or definition (if it is not immediately apparent). Please, no answers in your subject lines!

I will post the answers sometime as seems right, in future.

Subject User Time
A Middle English Vocabulary Challenge SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 10 2012, 7:22pm
    The List SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 10 2012, 7:41pm
        Okay then, without peeking... geordie Send a private message to geordie Feb 10 2012, 9:55pm
            I get it now! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Feb 10 2012, 10:38pm
        "I am not afraid to appear stupid." This is fun, right? Lissuin Send a private message to Lissuin Feb 10 2012, 10:32pm
            That's the spirit! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 11 2012, 6:40am
        These look familiar... dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 11 2012, 1:41am
            Okay, no Canterbury Tales either! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 11 2012, 4:23am
        I lufsum quizzes, but not this one. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 11 2012, 5:10am
            Good advice from NZ Strider! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 11 2012, 5:50am
        Amazing sevilodorf Send a private message to sevilodorf Feb 11 2012, 6:42am
            It does seem like that at first glance eh? XD // SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 11 2012, 7:15am
            Ha! can you give some . . .ensamples?// Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Feb 12 2012, 1:25am
        Whoa! Now, forthwith, the effort of the the Ignorant (me): Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Feb 12 2012, 1:21am
        Um..... with a lot of head-scratching... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Feb 12 2012, 9:33am
        I gesse Fanuidhol Send a private message to Fanuidhol Feb 12 2012, 1:26pm
    The Clerke's Compleinte geordie Send a private message to geordie Feb 12 2012, 9:04am
        Lufsum! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 12 2012, 3:53pm
    Answers -- don't look if you want take a stab at the list first! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 12 2012, 4:16pm
        Why thank you! Fanuidhol Send a private message to Fanuidhol Feb 12 2012, 5:47pm
            Tolkien's Middle English Vocabulary geordie Send a private message to geordie Feb 12 2012, 7:22pm
            A common complaint about English SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 14 2012, 3:05am
        Middle English Dictionary and pronunciation guidelines Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Feb 16 2012, 1:44am
            Thank you, thank you, thank you Modtheow! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 16 2012, 3:27am
    thanks, SirDennis! telain Send a private message to telain Feb 13 2012, 12:40am
        Thank you for noticing ;) // SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 14 2012, 3:07am

 
 
 

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