Tolkien’s calques of Classicisms: Who knew Elvish Latin, what did the Rohirrim read, and why was Bilbo cheeky?

— John William Houghton

13 April 2021 | Journal of Tolkien Research, Volume 11, № 2, 7

In his legendarium, Tolkien presents four variants of what would be considered classicism” in the Primary World: but the presence of all-but-immortal elves creates situations in which a classicizing devotion to ancient exemplars might not arise.

Keynote address for the 17th Annual Tolkien in Vermont, April 10, 2021.

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