Monthly Archives: October 2016

Review: Tolkien’s Beowulf

Beowulf A Translation and Commentary together with Sellic Spell by J.R.R Tolkien Edited by Christopher Tolkien Harper Collins 2014 The Tolkien Estate has finally published Tolkien’s 1926 translation of Beowulf. The translation is accompanied by an extensive commentary constructed by Christopher Tolkien from his father’s lecture notes. Also included is a fairy-story version of Beowulf […]

The Anglo-Saxons and the Germans – the view from Rome

During a recent stay in Rome, I was browsing in a second-hand bookshop in Trastevere and came across an Italian book about the Anglo-Saxons and their role in the early development of written German. I realised that the book had probably been sitting there for years waiting for me to find it, so I lashed […]