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Philip Frankley

Philip Frankley
Man
Biographical Information
PositionPoet
AffiliationThe Notion Club
LanguageEnglish
Birth1932
Physical Description
GenderMale

Philip Frankley (born in 1932) was a member of the Notion Club.

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Frankley was a poet, at one time well-known as a leader of the Queer Metre movement. He is said to have suffered from "horror borealis" - intolerance of all things Northern or Germanic, but nonetheless was a close friend of Lowdham whose chief interest lay in the Anglo-Saxon language and history.[1]

According to Guildford he regards any knowledge of his own language at any period before the Battle of Bosworth as a misdemeanour.[2]

During one of the meetings of The Notion Club, he recited the poem Imram (The Death of Saint Brendan) before the other members. He said that it came to him, more or less complete, in his dream.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers: Foreword and List of Members"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers Part One", "Night 61"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers Part Two", "Night 69"