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E.V. Gordon (Eric Valentine Gordon) lived between the short years of 1896-1938. He was a philologist who studied at Oxford University (1920) and taught at Leeds University (1922-1931) and Manchester University (1932-1938). He compiled many Germanic texts in their original language into book format. One of his prime works, published first in 1927 and then frequently reprinted over the years, was "An Introduction to Old Norse." Gordon worked with J.R.R. Tolkien several times on various scholastic works and published books, including A Middle English Vocabulary and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, while Tolkien was teaching at Leeds University. Philology is the study of ancient texts and languages. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... University Tower, University of Leeds The University of Leeds (United Kingdom) is amongst the largest of British universities and the most popular by applicants, with 52,444 applicants in 2003 for 7,228 places (UCAS). ... University of Manchester Motto: Cognitio Sapientia Hvmanitas Knowledge, wisdom, humanity. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ... Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th century metrical romance recorded in a single manuscript, which also contains three other pieces of an altogether more Christian orientation. ... University Tower, University of Leeds The University of Leeds (United Kingdom) is amongst the largest of British universities and the most popular by applicants, with 52,444 applicants in 2003 for 7,228 places (UCAS). ...


The Viking Club and Other Things

Gordon also began a club with J.R.R. Tolkien, called the Viking Club. In this club they would read Old Icelandic sagas (and drink beer) with students and faculty, and invent original Anglo-Saxon songs. This collection of songs eventually was compiled and hence the book, Songs for the Philologists was created (it was in fact published by a group of students to be printed privately). Sadly most of the printed editions were destroyed in a fire, thus making it a very rare book indeed (with only 14 or so books that are believed to exist). The Old Icelandic language was the most prominent of the Old Norse languages. ... The Norse sagas or Viking sagas (Icelandic: Íslendingasögur), are stories about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, about migration to Iceland, and of feuds between Icelandic families. ... The Anglo-Saxons refers collectively to the groups of Germanic tribes who achieved dominance in southern Britain from the mid-5th century, forming the basis for the modern English nation. ... Songs for the Philologists is a collection of poems by E.V. Gordon and J. R. R. Tolkien as well as traditional songs. ...


In 1938 Gordon had joined George Leslie Brook (1910-1987) for an edition of Layamon's Brut for the Early English Text Society, but as events would have it, Gordon died that year. Brut is an Old English poem compiled and recast by the priest Layamon. ... The Early English Text Society is an organization to reprint early English texts, especially those only available in manuscript. ...


Bibliography

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th century metrical romance recorded in a single manuscript, which also contains three other pieces of an altogether more Christian orientation. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ... Oxford University Press (OUP) is a highly-respected publishing house and a department of the University of Oxford in England. ... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... Oxford University Press (OUP) is a highly-respected publishing house and a department of the University of Oxford in England. ... Songs for the Philologists is a collection of poems by E.V. Gordon and J. R. R. Tolkien as well as traditional songs. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ... Nuclei from Toba Pearl Island, Japan A pearl is a hard, rounded object produced by certain animals, primarily mollusks such as oysters. ... The Battle of Maldon took place in 991 near Maldon beside the River Blackwater in Essex, England, during the reign of Ethelred the Unready. ...

See Also

Songs for the Philologists is a collection of poems by E.V. Gordon and J. R. R. Tolkien as well as traditional songs. ... Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th century metrical romance recorded in a single manuscript, which also contains three other pieces of an altogether more Christian orientation. ... Philology is the study of ancient texts and languages. ...

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