the Earth, world in which corporal begins live; between the sky world and the underworld. J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Middle Earth' "is ... not my own invention. It is a modernization or alteration ... of an old word for the inhabited world of Men, the oikoumene: middle because thought of vaguely as set amidst the encircling Seas and (in the northern-imagination) between ice of the North and the fire of the South. O. English middan-geard, mediaeval E. midden-erd, middle-erd. —J.R.R. Tolkien, Letters, no. 21110 It occurs in Early Modern English as a development of the Middle English word middel-erde (cf. modern German Mittelerde), which developed in turn from Old English middan?eard (the g being soft, i.e. pronounced like y in "yard". By the time of the Middle English period, middangeard was being written as middellærd, midden-erde, or middel-erde. A slight difference of wording, but not general meaning, had taken place as middangeard properly means "middle enclosure" instead of "middle-earth". Nevertheless middangeard has been commonly translated as "middle-earth" and Tolkien followed this course. Tolkien first encountered the term middangeard in an Old English fragment he studied in 1914: Éala éarendel engla beorhtast / ofer middangeard monnum sended. Hail Earendel, brightest of angels / above the middle-earth sent unto men. This quote is from the second of the fragmentary remnants of the Crist poems by Cynewulf. - source wikipedia
The English language is lacking a word that defines 24 hours, like e.g. the Scandinavian languages have. There's day that can define a 24-hour span, but that can also be used to define the 12 hours of light, as opposed to night.
Twilve is a contraction of the words two/twi and twelve, defining a period of time that is two times twelve hours.
Twilve is both a noun, as in 24 hours, and a verb, meaning "stay up for 24 hours."
This is an irregular intransitive verb: I twilve every summer. I twolved last week. I have twolved many times.
Jun 1, 2009
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