J.R.R. Tolkien's Beowulf Translation and Commentary Being Published

     For years I've read about Tolkien's take on the old epic poem Beowulf and now we'll finally get the commentary and his own translation on it.  In addition we'll be getting a series of lectures Tolkien gave at Oxford about the poem.

     Tolkien said the story was, "laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination."  I am quite eager to read more of his thoughts on the epic.

     It was evident in both The Hobbit and his Lord of the Rings trilogy that he was heavily influenced by old stories, and being a Professor of Old English- Beowulf undoubtedly left a mark on his own work.

     The book will be available on May 22.

     The image is a screen cap from the excellent Neil Gaiman penned, Zemeckis Beowulf film.

     Source [ The Guardian ]

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