Notes from two essays in Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter.
This collection of scholarly essays was prompted by the completion of The History of Middle-earth, the posthumous volumes edited by Christopher Tolkien. It's split into three sections: one about HoMe as a whole; one about Tolkien's languages; and one about Tolkien as a storyteller. I've already commented on Thomas's essay, "Some of Tolkien's Narrators," for which this collection was recommended. As for the rest, I skipped the languages section, but skimmed other essays if they looked like they might be relevant here. There were two I wanted to make brief notes about.
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