Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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Interesting stuff from superversive on fantasy and 'Poughkeepsie', including examples of how several fantasy novels, both good and bad, start. I agree with him in all cases. I'd only add that one of the reasons LotR's opening is strong because there is a slight element of suspense (what will happen at the upcoming party), and an element of mystery (the 'unnatural' eternal youth and limitless wealth of Bilbo). Tolkien doesn't 'shoot the sheriff on the first page', but he nevertheless gently intrigues the reader, presents him with mystery and wonder, and so induces him to read on.




SEI


meaning: subjugate, travel

征伐 == seibatsu == (noun) conquest, subjugation, overcoming
遠征 ==  ensei == (noun)  expedition, campaign, (performer's) tour




Left radical is 'movement (along a road)'. Right radical is 'proper' (正), used here in its literal meaning of 'lower leg/foot'. To set foot on the road is to 'travel'. This character has acquired the particular meaning of traveling as part of a military campaign. From that, it also acquired a meaning of 'subjugate'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Move off properly to subjugate.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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