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The History of the Hobbit Discussion: Special Edition


Jul 18 2013, 2:31pm

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Busy week coming up for Ringers with ComicCon San Diego and the launch of the TORn Amateur Symposim. So rather than post the next chapter of The History of the Hobbit for discussion, I thought I’d offer some source material for everyone’s consideration, since it came up briefly in the discussion thread of the last chapter.

Topic: The Hervarar Saga and it’s influence on Tolkien’s stories. It includes references to the Norse dwarf figures Dvalin and Dulinn (Dwalin and Durin) and a Norse myth involving dwarven magic/curses. (Really, don't mess with these dudes.)

Check this quote from the wikipedia article:

“There is much in this saga that readers of Tolkien's work will recognize. There are for instance Rohirrim, brave shieldmaidens, Mirkwood, haunted barrows yielding enchanted swords, a mithril mailcoat, an epic battle, a flaming sword and two Dwarves named Dwalin and Durin. J. R. R. Tolkien's youngest son, Christopher, translated the work in 1960, entitling his version The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise.”

Links: (paste into your browser if the links are balky)

Wikipedia link for an entry on the Hervarar Saga: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hervarar_saga

Viking Society for Northern Research’s link to PDF of King Heidrek the Wise, translated by Christopher Tolkien:

Link to Meadhall.homestead’s fansite-like translation (complete with barely clad Red Sonja art) of the The Waking of Angantyr: http://meadhall.homestead.com/Angantyr.html

Enjoy! Looking forward to comments/questions/observations!

There are TONS of “Aha!” moments in this material, so tell me what raised your eyebrows!

As always, anyone is invited to participate--from beginner to expert.

Hope you have fun with this!

My Avatar: the desk Tolkien used when he wrote The Hobbit...now on display at Wheaton College.

(This post was edited by bruinen on Jul 18 2013, 2:35pm)

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    Very nice! sador Send a private message to sador Jul 18 2013, 7:38pm
    Dangerous mists! hanne Send a private message to hanne Jul 19 2013, 4:01pm
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