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What is a Myth?

November 22, 2013 — Leave a comment
  1. It is extra-literary. 
  2. The pleasure of myth depends hardly at all on such usual narrative attractions as suspense and surprise.
  3. Human sympathy is at a minimum. We do not project ourselves strongly into the characters. We feel indeed that the pattern of their movements has a profound relevance to our own life, but we do not imaginatively transport ourselves into theirs.
  4. Myth is always in one sense of the word “fantastic.” It deals with the impossibles and preternaturals.  
  5. The experience may be sad or joyful but it is always grave. Comic myth is impossible.
  6. The experience is not only grave but awe-inspiring. Its as if something of great moment had been communicated to us. 

Fair speech may hide a foul heart.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Amalgamate

October 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Amalgamate [uh-mal-guh-mate]

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: To combine into a unified whole, unite, to become combined; to mix an alloy with mercury. 

Origin: Early 17th century from medieval Latin ‘amalgamare’ – formed into a soft mass.

Example Sentence: The man amalgamated his company with another.

Garrulous

October 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Garrulous [gair-ru-lus]

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: given to constant and frivolous chatter, annoyingly talkative, prone to rambling.

Origin: 17th century from Latin ‘garrire’ – to chatter.

Example Sentence: The man was so garrulous that I couldn’t get a word in edgewise.

Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet though you do not see them.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring