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Anhaga's introduction Greetings everyone,

I very recently joined your forum because I found myself much interested in your website (and the forum as well obviously). I find the articles very interesting and much enjoy the general layout of the site. The way people talk to one another here made me want to join as well, so here I am!

Now, a little bit more about me. I am 22, very passionate about literature and linguistics, and I deeply enjoy music (any genre, really, although I have to admit that I'm more particularly fond of folkish songs, especially those based on the Middle Ages). I also enjoy reading philosophy books, with a particular attraction towards Nietzsche and Seneca.
My favourite books would have to be the Silmarillion and the Lays of Beleriand by J.R.R Tolkien. I also very much like Lovecraft, Poe and Lord Dusany.

I think that will be all for this little introduction of mine. If you have any questions I will gladly answer them, so feel free to ask!

PS: please let me apologize for my English. I'm not a native speaker, though I do try to be understandable as much as possible. If anything is unclear for whatever reason, please point it out!

Good evening to you all!

September 30, 2018, 08:10:24 PM
Re: Anhaga's introduction Thank you very much!

It can be indeed quite challenging to write in a language that is not your own native tongue, but I find it very fun at the same time. Also, I would like to say that writing in English for me came to be only because I utterly fell in love with the language (and Anglo-Saxon as well), and not because it is the language of globalism. I've heard and seen many people write in English mainly because of that, and it kind of made me sad to see that these people would abandon their own language only because they would have more readers if they were to write in English...

Anyway thank you for your message. I wish you a good day!

I will watch out for the trolls, then. And bring a few goats, just in case  :D

October 01, 2018, 11:45:12 AM
Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread Although I'm very new myself I would like to give you a warm welcome, Jenny HJ!

I also have to say that I've just realised that I didn't need to create a new thread to say hi since one can do it here... I feel kind of stupid now, but hey at least I noticed!

Anyway, welcome again!

October 02, 2018, 01:01:46 PM
Re: Anhaga's introduction
I love the Silmarillion and the Lays also.  Have you read the Children of Hurin?

Yes I have, and it remains one of my favourite books to this day, but I didn't include it in my introduction message because I didn't read it in English, and although the translated version I read was really good I'm pretty sure it's not nearly as good as the original English text (as it was the case the first time I read the Silmarillion in English). I can't wait to finally read it in English!

Welcome to the forum \o/

Thank you!  :)

October 02, 2018, 05:41:39 PM
Mythopoeia Hi!

I was wondering if anyone was familiar with the notion of mythopoeia? For those who don't know what the word means but have actually done it, here is a quick definition from Wikipedia, which I thought was good enough to be quoted here: "Mythopoeia (also mythopoesis) is a narrative genre in modern literature and film where a fictional or artificial mythology is created by the writer of prose or other fiction".

So in more simple terms, mythopoeia is the art of myth-making. Tolkien was the one who created the word, I believe, when he wrote his poem Mythopoeia. So, has anyone made a complete mythology in their secondary world, just like he did when he wrote The Silmarillion? With a proper fictional pantheon and all?

I would like to end this message with a few verses from Tolkien's Mythopoeia:

The heart of man is not compound of lies,
but draws some wisdom from the only Wise,
and still recalls him. Though now long estranged,
man is not wholly lost nor wholly changed.
Dis-graced he may be, yet is not dethroned,
and keeps his rags of lordship once he owned,
his world-dominion by creative Artefact,
man, sub-creator, the refracted light
through whom is splintered from a single White
to many hues, and endlessly combined
in living shapes that move from mind to mind.
Though all the crannies of the world we filled
with elves and goblins, though we dared to build
gods and their houses out of dark and light,
and sow the seed of dragons, ‘twas our right
(used or misused). The right has not decayed.
We make still by the law in which we're made.

(And great pain I have got
For from a phone I wrote)

October 04, 2018, 02:08:51 PM
Re: How did you Choose your Nickname? Well it's been a while since anyone posted here, but I thought I'd give it a go too.

So mine is pretty simple. I believe "anhaga" is a noun from Anglo-Saxon that used to mean "solitary one" or "one who dwells alone" in poetic vocabulary, and since I'm quite solitary myself I though it suited very nicely. Boom. Done. Plus it sounds nice to my ears.

October 04, 2018, 02:22:00 PM
Re: Friday Night Music Thread I thought I'd shared a few songs too, but I have a question: are we meant to post here only on Fridays or can we do that anytime?

Anyway, here's a few ones.

First is "The Song of Durin" made by a family YouTube channel. They're called Clamavi de Profundis and make really awesome songs if you ask me:


Second is a 13th Century Middle High German song called "Das Palästinalied" written by Walther von der Vogelweide:


Finally, here are a few verses of the Norse text "Völuspa" sung by Einar Selvik, whose interpretation is absolutely stunning:


Now you should all know what kind of songs I'm mostly interested in  :D

October 05, 2018, 01:22:42 PM