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Hethlin of Anorien
February, 25 2006
I know CMC's a done deal, but since I intend to give it a thorough editing in the future, I'll include it in this thread, as well as make this a place for any other Heth questions not appropriate for the Silver Swan thread.
Rebecca wrote: Although on the question of how widespread literacy might have been I do have one further thought: since Amrothos hasn't yet invented the printing press, books would have been very expensive, hand-copied treasures. (All of a sudden one of the vignettes from Soledad's Yule series popped into my head!) Anyway, point being that learning to read fluently requires repeated exposure to a variety of written materials. One very dense and wide-ranging book like the Bible might often suffice for most people, so that a not-so-well-off family could manage to get the children taught with only one book in the house. But a) that wouldnt' work for everyone, and b) even one such book would be terribly expensive.
That's an interesting point. I'm thinking Halaran and Liranael might have had a book or two, maybe even a handful. They were of course destroyed when the farm was burned. But it's interesting to speculate about what they might have been about....
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