36 days To the publication of "The Proverbs of Middle Earth"

‘Learning from dead others’ abounds in Tolkien’s world. Even without including sayings, songs, riddles, and other pieces of oral inheritance, there are over five hundred references in The Lord of the  Rings alone to the first two ages of Middle-earth – from Elrond’s retelling of the War of the Last Alliance, to Gandalf explaining to Butterbur that Deadman’s Dike was once Norbury of the Kings,  the capital of Arnor. This multitude of references is the inherited tradition, a ‘vast sea of wisdom underlying the story’.

David Rowe 
To be published by Oloris Publishing on the 18th November

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