INTERVIEW: Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

An interview with author Nancy Brown on her latest medieval offering: “Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths”.

Language and Legend in the Fantasy Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

There was something so real in the languages that he created, and critics wanted to find the inspirations behind Tolkien‘s worlds. Elves, dwarves, men, hobbits, and various other creatures occupied the pages of his books, but the languages he created were complex and had real elements in them. Examples of his invented languages were those spoken by the Elves, Sindarin and Quenya.

Talk to the Dragon: Tolkien as Translator

When Bilbo, and the readers of The Hobbit, are confronted with the dragon, they are in for a surprise, as Smaug’s behaviour is somewhat unusual for a dragon.

Lady of the Elves: The Great Germanic Goddess

The most prominent goddesses in Germany were Holda (propitious) and Berchta (bright, glorious).

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