Monday, May 25, 2009

That epic sound ...

... An Old Norse Legend, Courtesy of J.R.R. Tolkien. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

... Tolkien aimed for directness and authenticity. He did so by imitating poetic meters used by the early Norse—meters that (much like those in Old English) depend on alliteration (rather than rhyme) and a spacing of pauses and beats.

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