Friday 14 August 2015

The longing, and songs, and the harp

Tolkien quotes from the Exeter Book, and then provides this translation:
Less doth yearning trouble him who knoweth many songs, or with his hands can touch the harp: his possession is his gift of 'glee' (= music and/or verse) which God gave him.
("54. From a letter to Christopher Tolkien, 8 January 1944." The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, p. 66)

The knowledge of songs, or of the harp: and the yearning that is set deep down in our hearts. Tolkien continues:
How these old words smite one out of the dark antiquity! 'Longad'! All down the ages men (of our kind, mostly awarely) have felt it: not necessarily caused by sorrow, or the hard world, but sharpened by it. (66)

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