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“The publishers deserve thanks for these recordings, which open a window on the mediaeval world. As precious in their way as the Elgin Marbles, these poems unquestionably belong to us and our culture.”
This 14th-century poem, translated into modern English here by J.R.R. Tolkien, tells the story of a man who goes into a graveyard to mourn the death of his baby daughter, who he has lost like a pearl in the grass. Falling asleep, he dreams of the glorious new world she has entered.See all Product description
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1 April 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
All you need is music. No, wait a minute. This apparently minor piece makes a major case: musicality and harmony not only calm the savage beast but are essential to civilisation. Sir Orfeo is a king and a musician. The musicality of his soul is what makes him noble. The Blue Meanie world without music is barbarous and inhuman until transformed by it. Was the film "The Yellow Submarine" true when it posited musicality versus deathliness? With apologies to the children of other decades was it the Beatles who set the cultural soundtrack which stopped the Vietnam War? Where is the musicality in rap, house, techno and George Bush?
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Graham D. Lincoln
Tolkien is The Master Story-Teller....he created the genre
30 September 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
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The writings of Professor Tolkien are absolutely Timeless. His books are the gauge by-which all Fantasy books are measured. However, there is much more to Tolkien than many people realize. His translations and teaching positions are not always mentioned, yet they are credentials that make his other works even more astounding! The Hobbit and The Trilogy have been the Inspiration for decades of works by other authors, yet I have not ever seen these works surpassed by anyone. Terry Brooks is the only author I have read who even compares to J.R.R. Tolkien and his epic style. I became fascinated with The Hobbit and Trilogy when I was in the seventh grade. I borrowed them from a friend and snuck them home. I was completely enthralled with the world Tolkien created. I was not allowed to read anything that was even remotely related to Wizards, Witches, Astrology, D&D, etc., so these books were like nothing I had ever seen, before. I was captivated and felt the call to become a Writer. Previously, the poetry and such that we were studying in school BORED me to tears. I found my schooling to be mind-numbingly BORING and Tolkien became my Inspiration to Learn, create Poetry, Write stories, Study, become an Anthropologist, delve into Masonic Lore and so much more.... Throughout High-School, I had pictures of Prof. Tolkien on my wall and I desired to be like him. Not-only was he the Greatest Fantasy Writer the world has known, but he was "Professor of Anglo-Saxon, at Oxford University, from 1925 to 1945....and professor of English Language and Literature....and a Fellow of Merton College from '45 to his retirement in '59." Check out his translations of (book title:)"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo" (J.R.R. Tolkien) Also, Prof. Tolkien wrote wonderful stories like "Smith of Wooten Major (&) Farmer Giles of Ham" for children. Pop those titles into the search box! I can honestly say that reading Tolkien changed my life...for the Better! Tolkien created the highest standards of writing for generations of authors....I am quite sure he would be deeply disappointed with the majority of books published today, with numerous spelling errors and pathetic grammar. I believe Tolkien is a god-send to English teachers. Perhaps, he can still inspire young people to elevate their Writing and English skills, from beyond. I would fight to keep his works on the shelves. I was not allowed to do my Senior Thesis about this author, despite the fact that he is such an amazing author and advocate of Literature. I lost interest in doing my thesis and threw something together at the last minute. Perhaps teachers should Recognize the potential for inspiring youth, via the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.