Author Archives: Lynn Forest-Hill

Slow Progress

By the end of September I hope to be making more progress with my latest Tolkien essay. It hardly needs mentioning that the current forthcoming one on Tolkien’s Minstrelsy intersects with ‘Tolkien’s Heroic Romance’ as this focuses on the real-world … Continue reading

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Philologically speaking…

I never thought I’d launch myself into philology, but it seems that the right way to go at present is into this dark forest. I’m slowly building my understanding of the names and their relevance in Boeve. It means struggling … Continue reading

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The first level of history

Almost too hot to think, but I have been able to put some historical data into the new article on Beuve. Structure at present is not important, only seeing what I’ve got in relations to what I want to say. … Continue reading

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Excitement at last

Earlier this year I thought I’d never feel that familiar excitement of following an idea to see if it led anywhere interesting. At last the Boeve research is beginning to feel exciting. Having narrowed my focus down, for now, just … Continue reading

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A Missing Piece

For a long time now I’ve been trying to track down a reference to Celtic mythology which certainly bears on the episode in Boeve when the hero is wounded in the thigh by one of the lions which attacks him … Continue reading

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June

Work on Boeve continues slowly. It is really a matter of taking all the elements already identified and seeing where they lead, but I believe I’ve been on the right track all along. There is definitely good reason to take … Continue reading

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May, swallows, and geese

As mentioned in April’s post, I was in search of Rhona Beare’s articles on these birds, and although old and strange, they are oddly productive. Barlow’s book is back beside me, and Anglo-Saxon history, though very chaotic in the pre-Conquest … Continue reading

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