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  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 01:19 PM

Adventures of Biolbó Baigín set out as Gaeilge in 'An Hobad'

Éanna Ó Caollaí / Irish Times
An accomplished linguist, Tolkien learned over a dozen languages and invented several more, many of which feature in his tales of Middle-earth, the fictional setting of the majority of his fantasy books. Despite his apparent love of languages, the English author and academic revealed a dislike of Irish in a selection of letters published posthumously in 1981 (he also admitted having a dislike for French and preferring Spanish to Italian).

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