Words of Power

‘Many a mage of great power … has spent his whole life to find out the name of one single thing – one single lost or hidden name. And still the lists are not finished’ (Ursula Le Guin).

The magical properties of language are a constantly recurring theme in the literature and legends of the world. Stories are told of the divine origin and godlike status of the word and its ability to create and destroy. Language is power, whether expressed through the medium of the 5000 languages spoken today, or in the self-constructed lexicons of John Dee and J.R.R. Tolkien, or in the use of spells to control the implacable forces that govern the universe.

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