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Beowulf : A Translation and Commentary : Together with Sellic Spell

Author: J R R Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"From Tolkien's creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel's terrible hand set  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J R R Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 9780544442788 0544442784
OCLC Number: 873729342
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: xiv, 425 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction to the translation --
Beowulf --
Notes on the text of the translation --
Introductory notes to the commentary --
Commentary --
Sellic spell --
The lay of Beowulf.
Other Titles: Beowulf.
Responsibility: by J. R. R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.

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"From Tolkien's creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel's terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot. But the commentary in this book also includes much from those lectures in which, while always anchored in the text, Tolkien expressed his wider perceptions. He looks closely at the dragon that would slay Beowulf "snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup," but he rebuts the notion that this is "a mere treasure story" or "just another dragon tale." He turns to the lines that tell of the burying of the golden things long ago, and observes that it is "the feeling for the treasure itself, this sad history" that raises it to another level. "The whole thing is sombre, tragic, sinister, curiously real. The 'treasure' is not just some lucky wealth that will enable the finder to have a good time or marry the princess. It is laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination." Sellic Spell, a "marvellous tale," is a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folktale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the "historical legends" of the northern kingdoms."--Dust jacket.

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