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Michael George Ramer

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Michael George Ramer
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"Notion Club Papers - Ramer" by Afalstein
Biographical Information
PositionProfessor of Finno-Ugric philology
AffiliationThe Notion Club
LanguageEnglish
Birth1929, Hungary
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Michael George Ramer

Michael George Ramer (born in 1929) was a member of the Notion Club.

[edit] History

Ramer was born in Hungary in 1929, and his parents returned to England when he was four years old, but he spent a good deal of time in Finland and Hungary between 1956 and 1968. He was a professor of Finno-Ugric philology, but was better known as a writer of romances. Among his other interests were Celtic languages and antiquities.[1]

During a meeting of the Club at 20 February, 1987, Ramer read a story he had written about space travel. He was criticized by Guildford for not contriving convincing means of traversing great distances in space.[2] Afterwards he thought of an idea of using dreams as means of traveling from one point in space to another, and he perfected the method of recollecting bits of information from the dreams which would have been otherwise forgotten.[3]

He claimed to have visited many worlds in his vivid dreams, which he described in great detail, and many words in alien languages he had remembered. At the end of the retelling of his dreams to the Club, he said that he had landed on a planet very similar to the Earth, and he saw what he described as buildings and structures, indicating a presence of sentient beings.[3]

In one of the subsequent meetings, when Lowdham mentions the name of Nūmenōr, Ramer seems to be intrigued, saying that it was his name for Atlantis[4]; and during the Night 66 he notes a peculiar sequence of names: Albuin son of Auduin, Ælfwine son of Éadwine and Alwin son of Edwin, all names bearing the same two meanings.[5]

Afterwards, he asked Professor Rashbold to transliterate and translate, if he can, a manuscript which was written by Edwin Lowdham, Arundel's father in an unknown script (which turned out to be Tengwar), and he succeeded, finding that the language in which the text was written was Old English. The text described an unknown cataclysmic event, which turned out to be the Downfall of Númenor.[6]

[edit] Inspiration

In one of the manuscripts, beneath Ramer J.R.R. Tolkien wrote Self, indicating that originally he intended Ramer to serve as a sort of an alter-ego for himself inside the text. Later, he wrote CSL (indicating C.S. Lewis) and finally he wrote To. However, according to Christopher Tolkien, it would be useless to seek any great similarity between the characters from the text and the real people.[7]

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 60"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers Part One", "Night 61"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers Part Two", "Night 65"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers Part Two", "Night 66"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers Part Two", "Night 68"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers: Introduction"