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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the when-grendel-met-sauron dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Tolkien was often criticized by his academic colleagues for wasting time on fiction, even though that fiction has probably done more to popularize medieval literature than the work of 100 scholars. Now John Garth reports that HarperCollins plans to publish Tolkien's long-awaited 1926 translation of the oldest surviving Old English epic poem about Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, who kills the monster Grendel with his bare hands and Grendel's mother with a sword of a giant that he found in her lair. Verlyn Flieger, identifies Beowulf as representing one of the two poles of Tolkien's imagination: the darker half, in which we all face eventual defeat – a complete contrast to the sudden joyous upturn of hope that he also expresses so superbly. 'In truth,' writes Garth, 'it is his ability to move between the two attitudes that really lends him emotional power as a writer.' Tolkien pushed the monsters to the forefront arguing that they 'represent the impermanence of human life, the mortal enemy that can strike at the heart of everything we hold dear, the force against which we need to muster all our strength – even if ultimately we may lose the fight.' Without the monsters, the peculiarly northern courage of Beowulf and his men is meaningless. Tolkien, veteran of the Somme, knew that it was not. 'It will be fascinating to see how [Tolkien] exercised his literary, historical and linguistic expertise on the poem,' concludes Garth adding that Tolkien was the arch-revivalist of literary medievalism, who made it seem so relevant to the modern world. 'I can't wait to see his version of the first English epic.'"

Comment: Re:This is why we can't have nice tihngs... (Score 4, Informative) 228

by durrr (#46446755) Attached to: Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

You've misunderstood what currency backing means.

A something-backed currency means that there have to be a _fixed_ amount of physical entity somewhere in the possession of whoever decides to give out the currency. This is not the case with the current fiat. Sure it can be exchanged for all those things you mentioned but it's backed by none of them, some central bankers could agree to create ex nihilo enough money to give a billion USD to every bank account in the world. If you then reason that a dollar is backed by cars then either there would be a huge surplus of cars somewhere to allow this to happen, or someone managed to multiply the current global carpool a millionfold overnight.

Comment: Re:Different jobs, different needs (Score 5, Interesting) 122

by durrr (#46439795) Attached to: iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

Biological warfare is less effective once the transport networks are down. Bioweapons need to be used as a covert first-strike option to be fully effective, and it lacks the instantaneous targetable effect of nukes.

And the human resistance wouldn't need to be eliminated to achieve robot world domination, let the humans enertain a hope and idea of a human future while keeping them suppressed and holed up in some backwater countryside while disseminating and expanding industrial capacity in places they can't reach to ensure that anything the humans destroy can be replaced with tenfold redundancy, after a century or so when they've expended all their advanced weaponry and industrial products, dig a moat and fill it with radioactive waste to keep them contained and see as they regress to pre-industrial society, at which point the robot relief effort can roll in and do some history revision to ensure that the following generations grow up to believe the humans destroyed themself in a greedy war, and now the valiant robots have come to rescue the remnants of mankind(and making them servants of the machines in the process)

Comment: Re:A new law in not what is needed (Score 1, Informative) 519

by durrr (#46424213) Attached to: Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

The law doesn't prohibit people from wearing skirts, even micro skirts that reveal their unnderwear for public photography is allowed, they just can't claim legal defense if people takes a peek.

Sharia law on the other hand haves people executed over wearing anything less than a full tent. Stop trying to make a chicken of a feather, it makes you look like a moron(which probably is true)

Comment:'s a complete failure. (Score 2) 109

by durrr (#46341071) Attached to: New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management

That still doesn't change the fact that I'm willing to bet my manhood on non-ITER derivates achiving commercial viability before ITER-derivates.

Why I can do that bet in good faith is that the ITER roadmap doesn't reach commercial viability until the end of my life, and with delays that always are inevitable on a project of this scope you'll at best recover my rusted balls of steel from my grave if the bet goes against me.

Comment:'s a complete failure. (Score 2) 109

by durrr (#46340663) Attached to: New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management

Did you really need an article to figure that out?

I read about ITER as the future of fusion a decade ago in popsci.
The same article today would be identical.
And so would it be in 2024 when the mess is finally finished.

Meanwhile several different small scale projects that have emerged from obscurity during the last decade have put commercial viability goals within the coming decade.

A coal power plant that requires an olympic torch to ignite the fuel would be more viable than ITER.

Comment: Here's a solution. (Score 1) 478

by durrr (#46277657) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

You need a 200kW strobe light with high speed electronics and triggers.

Simply lower the light so that everyone will end up using flash on the limo. Upon detecting a flash signature, instantly trigger the anti-camera device.
Now everyone have a suntan, and the photo taking was effectively prevented by giving a pure white picture as the result.

Don't worry, the guests will be able to see again within 30 minutes

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