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Etienne, French physician, 1868-1920. See: Lombard voice-reflex test.
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He was adamant that it could not be reduced to "tenth-century Lombardic law." (11) This, in turn, meant "that the death of Christ on the Cross was not intended to assuage a supposed divine thirst for vengeance, nor was it simply an expression of the infinite power of God venting itself on the evil of sin in the form of an infinitely virulent punishment." (12) Rather, it is accomplished by the utter liberty and spontaneity of the Son's sacrifice for the Father.
An ambivalent poetry of objects was lingering in the air in those days, from the poetica degli oggetti Luciano Anceschi had identified in the poets of the so-called "lombardic line" (La linea lombarda, 1952) to the still-life frames of objects interrupting the flow of action in Francois Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962).
This went on until Alessandro Manzoni, who rewrote his Fermo e Lucia into I promessi sposi, <<andando a sciaquare i suoi panni in Arno>> ('rinsing his laundry in the Amo River')--that is to say reviewing his Lombardic dialect in the Florentines spoken language--, as a protest against the purists of the Accademia della Crusca and their consideration of the ancient Tuscan of Dante, Petrarca, and Boccaccio as the only valid national model.
This scenario would have given Tolkien the opportunity to explore two major areas of interest: medieval Germanic and Lombardic tradition, and the Atlantis myth.