In an essay on Smith of Wootton Major, J.R.R. Tolkien speaks of the reluctance of the Faery folk to allow Men use of their power (or magic). He writes this: “The love of Faery is the love of love: a relationship towards all things, animate and inanimate, which includes love and respect, and removes or … Continue reading The Peril of Elf-Magic to Mortal Man
When the twenty-first century uses the word education, they mean “schooling”: the study of math, writing, science, etc. But what does education actually mean? Or, perhaps, what should education mean? Education stems from the Latin verb educare. In the Roman world, educare did not refer to school as it is seen now. It was used … Continue reading The True Definition of Education
Beowulf was my first major introduction to original myth. The translation I read was a bilingual edition by Seamus Heaney which I had purchased at the gift shop in the British Library in London, England. Some years later I also read J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation. I now lay before you, briefly, my reflections on the two … Continue reading Beowulf: Seamus Heaney vs. J.R.R. Tolkien
I was but sixteen when I stepped into a virtual classroom headed by a tutor with more enthusiasm and vigor than my primarily-introverted self thought possible. I had been given a book in a language I knew not and a language which, had I paused to consider, would not have been my first choice to … Continue reading A Love Story, or The Birth of My Perpetual Obsession with Language
I have mentioned the Renaissance Spirit in a few places on this blog and thus feel an explanation is fitting. The Renaissance Spirit is an attitude. An attitude of wonder. An appreciation for old ideals. An unfailing desire to learn. It is a general excitement for life and an enthusiasm for discovery. In short, it … Continue reading The Renaissance Spirit: What It Is and Why I Pursue It
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvoA star shines on the hour of our meeting1 Greetings, friend! Welcome to Remembered Lore. This is a blog about Story and Language. Here I will share my literary and linguistic musings and delve beneath the roots of works of great literature, exploring their depths: how they are woven into the great … Continue reading Welcome!