A good day to love Tolkien!

Exciting news ahead …

I smell the covers of a new Tolkien book on the way! 🙂

Such a phrase is rarely heard nowadays. However, it seems like a feast considering we’ve just had The Fall of Arthur released barely a year ago.Beowulf cover by JRR Tolkien

Indeed, word had just come out that the Tolkien Estate (in association with Harper Collins) will publish J.R.R. Tolkien’s own translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf.

The book will be available on May 22nd, this year.

At long last!

And that’s not all – as the book will feature commentaries on the poem from Tolkien and a previously unpublished short story written by Tolkien himself, entitled Sellic Spell.

Once again, edited by Christopher Tolkien, this book is perfect for any Anglo-Saxon fans – especially of Beowulf (me! me!) and Tolkien fans alike (me too! me too!).

Years ago, I had read about a possible translation Tolkien had done but it seemed that a published version was doomed to remain a mystery.

What a lovely surprise therefore, to have been given the news within such a short time from publication. Usually, these things are announced a year before – but I’m certainly not complaining!

The book will be available in Hardcover and Deluxe Edition, and is already available for pre-order on Amazon.

For more info, visit: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf

Anyone eager to get his hands on this?

I know I am – and expect an in-depth review here, once it is released. 🙂

Yes! Exciting times ahead!

6 thoughts on “A good day to love Tolkien!

  1. Very cool. I was just thinking of this a week or so ago. As soon as I saw your link this is what I thought of immediately.
    I hope some of the essays in Monsters are included. I can’t afford Monsters & Essays!

    1. It would make sense to include some of the essays in the book – but then again, others who own a copy of Monsters & Critics would be paying for half of the same content already present in the two books.

      I’m hoping we get some new, unpublished commentaries and essays related to Beowulf (but I doubt it).

      As to the Monsters and Critics, you can find a new copy of the book on both Amazon UK and Amazon.com for the price of £11 or $13.

  2. I love the cover art. It’s amazing. I think this is the copy I’ll be getting. Plus the extras sound great.

      1. That’s amazing. Thank you for sharing. I’m so tempted to buy the book today. Should wait for pay day . . .

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