J.R.R. Tolkien

Historical linguists put the asterisk to work in their profession. History Matters commentator Gary Joiner explains how.

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Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a journey to Scotland for this historical snapshot of the stone-built Neolithic settlement Skara Brae.

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a journey to Scotland for this historical snapshot of the stone-built Neolithic settlement Skara Brae.

Commentator Gary Joiner has a history lesson on "asterisk reality" and a great practitioner of it, J.R.R. Tolkien, in his editing capacity at the Oxford English Dictionary.