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According to Tolkien’s description of general pronunciation rules (which you can find in Appendix E of LotR), “au" is pronounced like the vowels in "how" or "loud" (not like in "laud")
So, Smaug should be pronounced “sm ow g.” If it helps, remember that the “au" in Smaug should sound the…
Peter Jackson does his research. Much kudos to director man.
- Lying awake before dawn and worrying.
Pronounced oot-key-are-a, the word breaks down into two parts: uht, a word for the restless hour before dawn and ceare, an Old English term for care and sorrow.
Great new word! Hurrah to learning!
The Frozen Thames by Abraham Hondius (1677)
At the time this was painted, Western Europe was in the middle of an odd cold period, “A Little Ice Age”. Europeans were fascinated by the fact that the river Thames would freeze in the Summer months and there was a spate of paintings during this time period that reflected this trend.
This painting in particular depicts people setting up shops and ice skating on the Thames.
The sovereign ought frequently to remember the condition of the poor, to imagine himself in the place of peasant or the manufacturer, and then to say ‘Were I born one among the class of citizens whose labours constitute the wealth of the state, what should I require from the king?’
An Essay on Forms of Government
Even though they were written a few centuries ago, the words of Frederick the Great seem eerily appropriate for modern politics.
Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eye are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye.
Never laugh at or judge someone with an less than erudite comprehension of ideas or things that you might find quite simple yourself. Sometimes people adjust to the light of knowledge in different ways, some that might some a little odd. This is something that I learned only recently, but it has definitely improved my outlook on the world and has served to smooth out some of the rougher edges of my soul.