Monday, December 13, 2004

Did Tolkein Know Hebrew?

Edward Cook over at Ralph the Sacred River has posted a facinating essay on JRR Tolkein's knowledge of Hebrew (He apparently assisted in the translation of the 1966 Jerusalem Bible, contributing to the translation of the book of Jonah) and its influence on his work, most notibly in his creation of Adunaic (the language of Numenor) and Khuzdul (the language of the dwarves).


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.