The origins of the High German Consonant Shift which defined the modern German language.
A great article by Dr. Jackson Crawford about the Germanic/Icelandic inspiration for the Star Wars Saga.
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Earlier this week I was drawn into an enlightening discussion with my colleague Ben Frey about the complicated textual tradition that lies behind George Lucas’s “Star Wars,” which few outside the scholarly community realize is a modern rendition of an old Germanic legend of a fatal conflict between a father and his treacherous son. Below I present some remarks on the Old Icelandic version of the legend, with some spare comparative notes on the cognate traditions in other old Germanic languages.
The story as presented in George Lucas’s films represents only one manuscript tradition, and a rather late and corrupt one at that – the Middle High German epic called Himelgengærelied (Song of the Skywalkers). There is also an Old High German palimpsest known to scholars, later overwritten by a Latin choral and only partly legible to us…
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Much of the content on this website revolves around the Proto-Indo-Europeans and their descendant peoples, the Indo-Europeans. A couple of months ago I made it a priority to write a few introductionary articles on the Proto-Indo-Europeans themselves, their mythology and their languages, to make the topic more accessible and understandable to a wider audience. Now, … Continue reading Update on ‘The Indo-European Languages’
Many European Nations today claim Celtic heritage. But where did their ancestors originally come from? A comparison of the linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence.
A short introduction to the Proto-Indo-Europeans, featuring questions regarding their homeland, their daily lives, how their society worked, what they believed in and how they spread across all of Eurasia.
An overview of the Indo-European languages, including the Anatolian, Indo-Aryan, Hellenic, Celto-Italic, Balto-Slavic and Germanic languages.
Report on the ‘Martin Burr Fund’ grant offered for a monograph on the Norse God Loki written by Riccardo Ginevra (Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University) The historical and comparative approach to Indo-European poetic language and myth has developed greatly in the second half of the 20th century, particularly thanks to the efforts of, among […]How … Continue reading How linguistics helps us reconstruct ancient fire mythology — The Philological Society Blog
Where did our ancestors come from? And how did they live? This article tries to give some answers to these questions.
The underlying connection between people from Iceland and Portugal in the west, all the way to India in the east.
This blog is going to take a closer look at the aspects of European History regarding the question where we came from, a subject which I have been interested in for a long time. The reader is advised to keep in mind that there's not going to be any groundbreaking scientific discoveries about the human … Continue reading Introduction