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The Goths

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'The Goths' is an unpublished lecture by J.R.R. Tolkien, that deals with the vanished tradition, literature, history, and the tongue of the Goths. The manuscript is founded at Bodlean Library, Oxford: Dept. of Western Manuscripts, Mss Tolkien A15/2, fol. 149.


"In vain we regret the past, or speculate on what might have been. Yet it is inevitable that we should regret... In dealing with the Goths - regret cannot be avoided, if not regret for what might have been, at any rate regret for our altogether scanty records of what was... the vanishing of their tradition, literature, history, and most of their tongue." [1]


  1. The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide, p. 555