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Old 11-08-2015, 07:12 PM   #1
Corsair_Caruso
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Doing research at the Wade Center!

Hey, everybody! Sorry about my long absence. I wanted to share my recent activities at the Marion E. Wade Center. I'm currently writing my dissertation on Donald Swann's song cycle, The Road Goes Ever On, and I'm up here in Wheaton, Illinois reading Tolkien's correspondence with Donald Swann. I'm really enjoying my time here, and it's so fascinating getting to see Tolkien's own handwriting.

I've actually been able to help correct some errors in the Wade Center's transcripts of these letters, including deciphering some of Tolkien's less legible marginalia and some incorrect Tengwar!

I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for (specifically, materials relating to Tolkien's instructions that he gave to Swann concerning Elvish pronunciation and issues with the Namárië chant), but that's alright; there are lots of great materials up here, especially recordings. It's really been a treat.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:05 AM   #2
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White-Hand Good to hear from you!

It's good to read what you've been doing in the Marion E. Wade Center, Corsair_Caruso! I'm one of those here who have written about music and Tolkien; and I've no doubt that many more will also be interested in your research into The Road Goes Ever On.

I laughed when I read that you were able 'to help correct some errors in the Wade Center's transcripts of these letters, including deciphering some of Tolkien's less legible marginalia and some incorrect Tengwar!'.

Your reference to the 'lots of great materials' there illustrates the dangers of research; you can come across lots of interesting information, that sadly you can't use in what you're writing... That's happened in any research I've done.

I also think when involved in research of Samuel Johnson's saying, 'The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book'.

All the best!
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