I’ve pointed out before Sparrow’s digital humanities project on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s works. In particular, Sparrow has been working through the Hobbit, drawing out trends in the occurrences of words. Even in basic indexing, concordance work, and text scraping, there are neat discoveries that help us read better. Now Sparrow has done enough of this digital work to blog an entire poem with the text links. Sparrow has completed work on the “Chip the glasses and crack the plates!” bit with the dwarfs. It is a great milestone and good service to humanity (and good good service to some non-human races), that I thought I would share it with you, dear readers.
And if I might add something to extend our enjoyment, a couple of clips. The first is J.R.R. Tolkien‘s own little version of the jig. I don’t know the source of the clip, but it may be something from the BBC or from the recordings at George Sayer‘s house. The second clip is from the first Peter Jackson Hobbit film, a chant song in dwarfen style that would drive all good homemakers to distraction!
This morning, I celebrate reaching the goal of even one poem thoroughly concordanced:
Not bad at all. I have left out:
- The – 13 times
- And – 5 times
- On – 4 times
- A – 2…
View original post 65 more words