J. R. R. Tolkien’s Beowulf will be published


New broke out recently that after 90 years J. R. R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf will finally be published.  According to Tolkien’s son Christopher, Tolkien did not do think this book would be published.  J. R. R. Tolkien did have this to say about the Beowulf poem:

“laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination”, saying that “the whole thing is sombre, tragic, sinister, curiously real”.

Beowulf is an 11th century epic poem, which tells the tale of a Geatish prince who becomes a hero by aiding the Danish King.  Beowulf slays the monster Grendel and his mother.  Unfortunately Beowulf will be killed by a dragon years later.

The book Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary will be hitting bookshelves on May 22, 2014.  The book will include Tolkien’s translation of the poem, his lectures from Oxford and a his short story Sellic Spell.


Posted on March 20, 2014, in Book News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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