rivervox said: I noticed that you use "dwarfs" in the US version of "Fortunately, the Milk" and wondered if that is your preferred spelling, or if the copy editors chose it. We enjoyed the book greatly, especially the wumpires.
It’s the plural of dwarf.
Tolkien made up the word dwarves, to show that he was referring to a race of people. (http://grammarist.com/usage/dwarfs-dwarves/ ) Other people have used it since, most of them probably assuming that it was the true plural. (And Sondheim plays with dwarfs/dwarves in his song Agony, which you can watch at http://youtu.be/UAPJTik5mSo)
And for the etymologically interested: via http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dwarf
dwarf (n.) Old English dweorh, dweorg (West Saxon), duerg (Mercian), “very short human being,” from Proto-Germanic *dweraz (cf. Old Frisian dwerch, Old Saxon dwerg, Old High German twerg, German Zwerg, Old Norse dvergr), perhaps from PIE *dhwergwhos ”something tiny,” but with no established cognates outside Germanic. The mythological sense is 1770, from German (it seems never to have developed independently in English).
Whilst in this and other ways the dwarfs do at times have dealings with mankind, yet on the whole they seem to shrink from man; they give the impression of a downtrodden afflicted race, which is on the point of abandoning its ancient home to new and more powerful invaders. There is stamped on their character something shy and somethingheathenish, which estranges them from intercourse with christians. They chafe at human faithlessness, which no doubt would primarily mean the apostacy from heathenism. In the poems of the Mid. Ages, Laurin is expressly set before us as a heathen. It goes sorely against the dwarfs to see churches built, bell-ringing … disturbs their ancient privacy; they also hate the clearing of forests, agriculture, new fangled pounding-machinery for ore. [“Teutonic Mythology,” Jacob Grimm, transl. Stallybrass, 1883]
The shift of the Old English guttural at the end of the word to modern -f is typical (cf. enough, draft). Old English plural dweorgas became Middle English dwarrows, later leveled down todwarfs. The use of dwarves for the legendary race was popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien. As an adjective, from 1590s.
Tolkien always said it should properly have been dwarrows, if languages evolved logically. He used that in the place name Dwarrowdelf.
Neil Gaiman: On Escapism: Rebloggable by request.
Quick question, do you think that writing/reading fantasy books can be a form of escapism for people who generally feel bad about their lives or bad about themselves in general?
“I don’t, although that would be pretty cool.
I think they’re even better than that.
I think that pretty much every form of fiction (I’d include fantasy, obviously) can actually be a real escape from places where you feel bad, and from bad places. It can be a safe place you go, like going on holiday, and it can be somewhere that, while you’ve escaped, actually teaches you things you need to know when you go back, that gives you knowledge and armour and tools to change the bad place you were in.
So no, they’re not escapist. They’re escape.”
St Jerome In His Study, by Messina and Dürer, respectively.
A different drawing every day
Gorgeous sketches and paintings!
The big takeaway from this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine article? McMurtry is now the most famous Welsh Corgi in America.
At least in the early going, celebrity hasn’t changed the typically easy-going pup.
"I still put my pants on one leg at a time," he said, when reached for a comment earlier this morning. “That’s a joke!" he added. “I don’t wear pants."
With that he resumed chewing on his favorite squeak toy, a long fuzzy green tube that looks vaguely like the Jolly Green Giant’s bloated phallus.
Advertisers and show business professionals looking to use McMurtry’s uniquely noble profile are advised to contact his professional representatives with Hotchkiss & Associates.
What I love best about this article are the people in the comments who have realised that actually Joe Hill is just a puppet pen-name for his dad who, frustrated by the failure of previous pen-name Richard Bachman, is secretly writing everything Joe writes. INCLUDING THIS TUMBLR.
I know. I shouldn’t read the comments. Nobody should ever read the comments. But don’t those people know that by posting the truth openly like that, they risk a visit from “Joe” and “Owen” and “McMurtry”? A very final visit…
Lovely article about family and writing and moving through life in general.
Ocean At The End Of The Lane (Deluxe Signed Edition) - Neil Gaiman - Illustrated by Dave McKean
I wish I could draw pails like that.
And that dedication page is absolutely gorgeous.
Oh yea, I love the book too