I'm just back to work after 5 months of maternity leave so things are a bit wierd today. You'd think after 5 month "off" I'd have written loads but it doesn't work like that (as those with children will no doubt agree!) I'm getting back to it slowly. I did use the time to go through a lot of old work and resurrect a few stories, characters etc. Once I'm settled back into a routine hopefully I'll get some serious writing done.
I write mainly fantasy. I've completed two novels and have umpteen in progress (especially now).
I live in Ireland, love all things Arthurian and Celtic, Medieval and take as many holidays in France as I can fit in a year (ok, one, maybe two, but its worth it).
Hi RFLong. I'm a newbie. Hope to get to know you along the way. Congratulations on the baby. My wife and I had five. Holy Crap, did I say five. Oh well after a couple it didn't seem to make much difference and they are all really fantastic people. Welcome.
Welcome and congratulations. I'm a newbie and a fellow lover of "all things Arthurian, Celtic and Medieval." I have never been to Ireland but do hope to go someday. I find it a fascinating country with a wonderful history. I hope to get to know you better.
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I've never read "Beowulf" in anything approximating the original, although I've read two different translations--I'm not sure who did the one I had in high school but a couple of years ago I read the one Tolkien worked on (as well as Tolkien's version of "Sir Gawain And The Green Knight").
Chaucer I went after as an English student trying to read the rude bits, only to give up in horror when I realized it was in the original. These days I'd like to have another crack at it.
I'd nevre claim to have read more than the first line of Beowulf in the original. There was a version recently which was pretty good by Saemus Heaney - helped I think by the fact he's an excellent poet (Irish of course, so I'm biased).
I did my dissertation on Chaucer for my Masters (not on the rude bits though). They were the light relief. There's a lot of social commentary and a great deal of wit.
But he'll always be remembered first for the rude bits.
I liked Tolkien's Sir Gawain but its hard to go through his academic work without going "Did he use this in the Lord of the Rings?" Sort of took away from it a bit for me. Don't get me wrong. I love Lord of the Rings.