Monday, November 06, 2006

Post Hoc

[reading: Seamus Heaney, "Beowulf"]

I know it's entirely back-to-front, but I keep encountering things in Beowulf that feel like they were stolen from Tolkien: there's a minor character called Eomer, and I've just read the bit where  a drowsing dragon  is raised to wrath*  because a thief has  snuck in and stolen  a cup from his hoard. I had a similar experience in Iceland—I kept on spotting businesses apparently named after dwarves: "Balin Shipping" and "Thorin Warehouse" (or þorin) and so on.

In other news, I finally succumbed to nagging and sent off a scary email….


* Anglo-saxon alliteration is irresistibly infectious.

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