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24th March 2014

Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published for first time

Exonian JRR Tolkien’s 1926 translation of Beowulf is to be published after an 88-year wait, edited by his son Christopher Tolkien.

The epic Anglo-Saxon poem helped inspire Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy of books. Tolkien completed the translation in 1926 while Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford.

It will be published by HarperCollins on May 22 with an accompanying commentary taken from Tolkien’s later talks on the subject.

To read more about Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary click here.

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