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Member: An_Fear_Glas

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Tagsnonfiction (2,764), *EL (2,357), will add tags later (1,767), *collection (European studies) (706), history (Europe) (525), *PL (524), *collection (military science) (511), history (military) (506), *collection (Germanic studies) (405), images (military) (389) — see all tags

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About meI have enjoyed this bit of old Irish advice for many years. It expresses one ideal set of traits that I like.

"O Cormac, grandson of Conn", said Carbery, "What were your habits when you were a lad?"

"Not hard to tell",
said Cormac.

I was a listener in woods
I was a gazer at stars
I was blind where secrets were concerned
I was silent in a wilderness
I was talkative among many
I was mild in the mead-hall
I was stern in battle
I was gentle towards allies
I was a physician of the sick
I was weak towards the feeble
I was strong towards the powerful
I was not close lest I should be burdensome
I was not arrogant though I was wise
I was not given to promising though I was strong
I was not venturesome though I was swift
I did not deride the old though I was young
I was not boastful though I was a good fighter
I would not speak about any one in his absence
I would not reproach, but I would praise
I would not ask, but I would give
For it is through these habits that the young become old and kingly warriors."

-translator: Kuno Meyer
-source: Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta; RIA MS 23 P 12, 275 foll., dated to the 14th century C.E.
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About my library

Present status:

2008.July.28 - I am mostly working on adding more of my religion, history, psychology, archaeology, and fiction books into my catalogue.

Tags for books in my library are slowly improving. I have finished tagging around 1100, and the other 1700 are partially tagged. However, the majority of my collection mostly has placeholder tags to remind me to do it later... so browsing the collection by that method will not provide a lot of results. Searching by key words is more useful at the present time. (search button is at the top of the screen)

I have been helping out with translating LibraryThing into other languages. If you want to do the same, go here:

GroupsAncient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Archaeology, Classical Music, Cthulhu Mythos, Ebook, Evolve!, Free State Project (FSP) Readers, History: On learning from and writing history, I heart metadatashow all groups

Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Isaac Asimov, Marcus Aurelius, Jane Austen, Rachel Bromwich, Charlotte Brontë, Steven Brust, Jesse L. Byock, Orson Scott Card, Lewis Carroll, James E. Cathey, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Tom Clancy, Tim Pat Coogan, Barry Cunliffe, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Richard Dawkins, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexandre Dumas, Umberto Eco, Patrick K. Ford, Patrick J. Geary, William Gibson, Stephen Jay Gould, Jacob Grimm, Vilhelm Grønbech, Robert A. Heinlein, Iolo Goch, Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, Simon Keynes, Thomas Kinsella, Thomas S. Kuhn, H. P. Lovecraft, Ramsay MacMullen, James P. Mallory, Kuno Meyer, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Richard Morgan, Lotte Motz, John Julius Norwich, Colin Renfrew, Kim Stanley Robinson, James C. Russell, Edward Rutherfurd, William Shakespeare, Patrick Sims-Williams, Neal Stephenson, Brian Stowell, Snorri Sturluson, Taliesin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Rudolf Thurneysen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Herwig Wolfram (Shared favorites)

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I'm sorry for the belated reply, I haven't been around for some time ...

I erased all my pdfs and e-books due to "misunderstandings" with some friends of mine ... it appears they have been looking at my online catalogue, trying to find out which books I had and obviously the mix of physical books and pdfs led to some confusion - and I almost missed out on an amazing gift because of that.
Hence my decision to keep them off the catalogue for now. I may be starting a new account with these files in this year - IF I find the time, that is :o).

Hello there, I see you had added A. S. Cottle's Icelandic Poetry but you listed it as multiple authors. I have the 1797 edition listed under Amos Simon Cottle. Perhaps you might consider combining the entries since I cannot??
I am quite certain that your Lovecraft collection will offer quite a couple of fascinating books :). I am looking forward to see them in your catalogue ...

Quite a pleasure :)
The combination of celtic lore and Lovecraft, plus the avatar of The Green Man is both so rare and so fascinating that I could not resist ...

Thanks for the response on "Ancient Warfare". Yes, after a couple of days and a little additional research I decided to buy it, since it's not expensive - should have dropped you another note to say so. Certainly the list of articles sounds interesting. I imagine like most conference volumes it will be a mixed bag. Amazon shipped it today, so I should find out next week ;-)

On an entirely different topic, do you happen to know what I would type into a book entry in order to get "^" on top of a,o,w,y, etc? Welsh has so many of them, and the titles come in wrong. Very frustrating.
Which of the Elder Edda versions are you referring to? I have at least half a dozen that I can recall.
It listed one as being the "same" as mine--I don't know which one it was.

For the one you are using- do you mean an older edition of the Neckel-Kuhn?
Well, it's 1914. . . but it's a xeroxed copy with many "interlinear" bits of translation in the ones we studied in class 8-)
The ones I studied in Germany like the Snorra Edda are also xeroxed.

Yes, most people seem to feel the same as you do regarding the Hollander translation. I prefer it to the Larrington translation because Hollander has a pleasant style, but I use all of the ones that I own when I research something.
I like Hollander because his translation FEELS like the original to me. It's a personal taste thing.

The various translators each had different strengths and weaknesses in their individual versions. Most of the editions translated into English have a tendency to either paraphrase the original, which is not good for accuracy, or use bizarre archaisms to try to convey more closely the meaning of the primary source; not a lot of grey area in the middle of the two extremes.
If you're dependent on translations, you need several versions. Translators, even the best ones, have to choose between a literary equivalent and a literal translations. You can't have it both ways.

I wish I had knowledge of Old West Norse to be rusty about! You have the advantage in that respect. I know approximately a few hundred words, and that is not much.
Once upon a time(aka 1978) when I was one of half a dozen in a skaldic seminar in Germany, I found that the occasional bit of prose between some of the skaldic poems we were studying was mostly readable without stopping to look up every third word. I remember thinking something on the lines of "Hey, I can read Old Norse!!" This was my 5th year with the language, mind you. I can't do it any mare, I assure you! That class met once a week for two hours and sometimes we, working as a group, only got through 4 lines of skaldic poetry!! We each had a specialty; mine was metrics.

I find the continental Germanic tongues are both easier to learn and more useful overall in conducting research, so I have focused on them instead of Scandinavian languages.
Oh, they definitely are! But then I began with German and only got into medieval Germanic languages in grad school in my early 40's. M. A. in Germanic Philology. . .

Hi, I noticed you just entered "Ancient warfare : archaeological perspectives" in your catalog. It looks interesting - what is it like? Amazon only has one (enthusiastic) review.
Is that listing of the Elder Edda a translation? It looks like one. I've had the Old Norse one since the 1970's, but I picked up the Hollander a few years ago because I like his translation 8-) You can guess how rusty my Old Norse is by now!!
Thanks for the feedback on Eco. I started to pick up Baudolino at one point but never got very far in it. Also, I'll check out those threads you sent to me. Thanks!
Always nice to find other fans of Edward Rutherfurd. I really enjoyed Sarum and The Forest. Which of his novels do you like best?

Also, I see you have Umberto Eco listed. The Name of the Rose is the only one I've read by him but I enjoyed it. Any other suggestions from Eco?

I'm glad you found the .pdf versions. I thought about making them available through Amazon when the Kindle came out, but I don't like their terms. Glad to hear you are planning to re-read the books - I enjoy re-reading my favorite authors, and I wanted my books to be the sort which give repeated pleasure ;-)
Thanks! There's quite a lot still to add, but progress has slowed down recently due to technical problems. We have lots of boxes packed away in storage and many of these contain fiction in various languages including many of the classics, so what you can see at the moment is a partial and rather lopsided view. I am weeding as I go through as we really haven't got room for them all ... Look forward to browsing your collection too!
Thanks for the point about librarything authors! I'd seen the link, but I've only been active on the site for the last couple of weeks after a two-year gap, and hadn't followed up on it yet - I have now!
Did you say you had a copy of Auraicept Na N-Eces? If so, I am interested.

And Old Saxon? How about OE? Wes thu hale!
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Thank you for finding my books "interesting". Your own military history collection is impressive!
thanks I really loved finding my icon. Lovely collection of books you have here.
You do have a very interesting collection. You even have Migne's Greek patrology! (digital version, I see, but still...) I am impressed - and humbled!
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