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Languages, Myths and History: An Introduction to the Linguistic and Literary Background of J.R.R. Tolkien's Fiction (review)

Languages, Myths and History: An Introduction to the Linguistic and Literary Background of J.R.R.... Book Reviews nowhere supports--elsewhere he similarly states that Egyptian and Welsh mythology have "certain resonances" (73). Given Hooker's exhaustive researches, it's a surprising omission that he neglects to mention that two figures of Gog and Magog, similar to the Cerne Giant and Long Man of Wilmington, that used to flank Plymouth Harbor but were effaced in the 17th century (cf. Lost Gods of Albion: The Chalk Hill-Figures of Britain by Paul Newman, 1997, pages 98ff.). 5. And, perhaps more to the point, nowhere in his piece on The Golden Perch does he so much as mention the locally famous real-world inn The Trout, located only about three miles from Tolkien's home in Northmoor Road, a place popular with the Inklings and the site where a now-famous photograph of several Inklings (Lewis, Havard, Hardie, Dundas-Grant) was taken on a 1947 outing (reproduced in Humphrey Carpenter's The Inklings, opposite page 145). 6. The other being a brief discussion of the word lief/liever in The Book of Lost Tales (198­199). 7. As a final note, Hooker deserves credit for the fact that there are very few typos in this book, the only significant one I found being that the date given http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

Languages, Myths and History: An Introduction to the Linguistic and Literary Background of J.R.R. Tolkien's Fiction (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 7 (1) – Aug 25, 2010

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Book Reviews nowhere supports--elsewhere he similarly states that Egyptian and Welsh mythology have "certain resonances" (73). Given Hooker's exhaustive researches, it's a surprising omission that he neglects to mention that two figures of Gog and Magog, similar to the Cerne Giant and Long Man of Wilmington, that used to flank Plymouth Harbor but were effaced in the 17th century (cf. Lost Gods of Albion: The Chalk Hill-Figures of Britain by Paul Newman, 1997, pages 98ff.). 5. And, perhaps more to the point, nowhere in his piece on The Golden Perch does he so much as mention the locally famous real-world inn The Trout, located only about three miles from Tolkien's home in Northmoor Road, a place popular with the Inklings and the site where a now-famous photograph of several Inklings (Lewis, Havard, Hardie, Dundas-Grant) was taken on a 1947 outing (reproduced in Humphrey Carpenter's The Inklings, opposite page 145). 6. The other being a brief discussion of the word lief/liever in The Book of Lost Tales (198­199). 7. As a final note, Hooker deserves credit for the fact that there are very few typos in this book, the only significant one I found being that the date given

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Published: Aug 25, 2010

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