Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Are conlangs fictional? - Brian Aldiss

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Saturday, March 23, 2002, 16:09
Tim May scripsit:

> "Anything sound philologically is owed to Professor Tom Shippey; his > lively enthusiasm has been of great help all along."
Note that this is the author of the JRRT book I mentioned a while back. BTW, the term "author of the century" should not only be understood as referring to Tolkien's prominence (several "greatest book" surveys among bookstore patrons, etc., have turned up LotR on top repeatedly), but also as meaning that JRRT, despite his "mediaeval" subject matter, was most distinctively a _20th century_ author, and not merely an archaizer. Specifically, the notion that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" dates only to about 1885. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_