Mythological Inspirations to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth has fascinated generations of readers. This article seeks to examine some of the influences on his works, such as the Icelandic Sagas and Old English Poetry, such as Beowulf.… Read More Mythological Inspirations to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

How linguistics helps us reconstruct ancient fire mythology — The Philological Society Blog

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 […]… Read More How linguistics helps us reconstruct ancient fire mythology — The Philological Society Blog

The Proto-Indo-European Myth Of Creation

All cultures have their own, unique story of creation, some of which we may be more familiar with than others. The ancient Greeks believed that in the beginning there was Chaos, the Norse that there was Ginnungagap, ‘the big gap’ of nothingness between the forces of fire and ice. But what if these myths, together with a few others across the Eurasian continent, had a common, Proto-Indo-European origin?… Read More The Proto-Indo-European Myth Of Creation