Tolkien Week 2014

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Tolkien Week, September 21-27, honors the author J.R.R Tolkien (along with his son and editor, Christopher) through promotion of the reading and enjoyment of his works. September 22 marks the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the unlikely heroes of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This occasion, known as Hobbit Day, falls during Tolkien Week.

RRC Library Assistant Alan Matthews elaborates. “Tolkien thought and wrote on multiple levels: epic storyteller, scholar of languages and language history, obscure humorist; he actually made puns in the languages he himself created. Why not savor his work on as many levels as we can, and have fun in the process? Our library has resources that let us do exactly that.” Click on the images above to find Tolkien’s works at the RRC Library.

Weather and work permitting, Alan plans to hold impromptu readings from Tolkien’s works by the fountain in front of the Avery Building this week. Check the library bulletin board, or ask a library staffer for more information.

Contributed by Alan Matthews, Library Assistant.

New Database – Dictionary of American Regional English

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The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is different from other dictionaries in that it does not include words that are commonly used throughout the United States, but rather focuses on the regional aspects of the English language in America. This resource documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. The DARE database is a digital edition of the original 6 volume print set, and includes enhanced features such as 4,000 audio clips, interactive maps, new searching options, plus the full raw data of the 1965-1970 survey.

Give it a try! Look up a common word such as sandwich and see different meanings of the word and how its use varies from region to region.