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JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait
Guardian UK ^

Posted on 03/21/2014 4:28:36 PM PDT by Perdogg

Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author's version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father "enter[ing] into the imagined past" of the heroes.

Telling of how the Geatish prince Beowulf comes to the aid of Danish king Hroðgar, slaying the monster Grendel and his mother before - spoiler alert - being mortally wounded by a dragon years later, Beowulf is is the longest epic poem in Old English, and is dated to the early 11th century. It survives in a single manuscript, housed at the British Library, and has inspired countless retellings of the myth - recently and famously by the late Seamus Heaney, whose translation won him the Whitbread book of year award in 1999.

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: beowulf; jrrtolkien; pages

1 posted on 03/21/2014 4:28:36 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: SunkenCiv; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; fidelis; JDoutrider; Tax-chick; Altariel; Ann de IL

ping


2 posted on 03/21/2014 4:30:11 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

Is Peter Jackson making a movie of it?


3 posted on 03/21/2014 4:33:39 PM PDT by River Hawk
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To: Perdogg

Will it have a parallel original text? That would be most helpful for seeing how Tolkien interpreted the poem, and which way he went on the ambiguous passages.


4 posted on 03/21/2014 4:44:06 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Perdogg. He had tremendous trouble getting LOTR published, seems strange now, eh?


5 posted on 03/21/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: River Hawk

I want to see the Children of Huron or The Silmarillion


6 posted on 03/21/2014 4:55:10 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

Thanks for posting this.


7 posted on 03/21/2014 4:55:22 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: SunkenCiv

Did you know he could not type, so he wrote in pencil and made edits with a pen?


8 posted on 03/21/2014 4:56:17 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: proxy_user
Will it have a parallel original text? That would be most helpful for seeing how Tolkien interpreted the poem, and which way he went on the ambiguous passages.

Wouldn't be much good without an Old English translator.

9 posted on 03/21/2014 4:57:57 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Perdogg
Lord of the Rings - Lament For Théodred (with lyric)


10 posted on 03/21/2014 4:58:41 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I love the Howard Shore soundtrack, I bought the book on the LOTR trilogy.


11 posted on 03/21/2014 5:03:29 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: River Hawk

Somebody should make a movie of it. The story is simple, short and bloody, and would make a great movie.

That said, you can see that it was Tolkien’s inspiration for many things in the LOTR.

It will be interesting to see his translation.


12 posted on 03/21/2014 5:10:04 PM PDT by livius
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To: River Hawk
Is Peter Jackson making a movie of it?

I'm sure it will be a 4-part epic, and the fight with Grendels' mother will take up two of the movies. You just can't get too much of a good action scene. 5 or 6 hours ought to be sufficient for that particular part of the story.

13 posted on 03/21/2014 5:20:06 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Perdogg

I remember in his foreword that he retyped the manuscript by the hunt and peck method, because he couldn’t afford “the ten-fingered” (a drolly amusing reference to Beren and Frodo).


14 posted on 03/21/2014 5:42:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: livius

With music by Howard Shore.


15 posted on 03/21/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: livius

There have been several movies of Beowulf. Most suck because they try to better the text.


16 posted on 03/21/2014 5:48:40 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Perdogg

Modern translation:

“And so, Beowulf was all, like, “Grendel, you know, like, that wasn’t cool” and then Grendel was all, so, like “Talk to the hand” and ... “


17 posted on 03/21/2014 5:52:37 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

You forgot the OMG.


18 posted on 03/21/2014 6:04:09 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

Here’s an academic who did all this work and didn’t think to publish it. What a different world he lived in.

Today the ONLY reason an academic does ANYTHING is to be able to publish something.


19 posted on 03/21/2014 6:37:29 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

a Christian white male who was an academic.


20 posted on 03/21/2014 6:49:48 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: livius

They just did a Beowulf movie a couple of years ago.


21 posted on 03/21/2014 6:55:47 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Talisker

It’s not that hard. A week or two on the basic grammar and syntax, a few simple prose texts, and you are good to go. You can always look up the vocabulary you don’t know. Certainly it’s nowhere near the difficulty of Latin and Greek.


22 posted on 03/21/2014 7:08:20 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Vermont Lt

I happened to see part of that on TV last night. It looked like the whole thing was CGI using the images of real actors. Felt like a video game. Very strange.


23 posted on 03/21/2014 7:10:45 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Perdogg

Seamus Heaney did an excellent translation. My wife and I read it out loud to each other one year on a cross-country trip.


24 posted on 03/21/2014 10:31:33 PM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Anoreth

Ping!


25 posted on 03/22/2014 2:51:54 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Nothing is more serious than our sins, which can destroy us forever." ~Msgr. Pope)
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To: Perdogg

I always liked Chrichtons “Eaters of the Dead”


26 posted on 03/22/2014 3:51:47 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Perdogg

Read _Grendel_. First person narrative by the monster.


27 posted on 03/22/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Perdogg

One question I’d have is, would this still be under copyright?


28 posted on 03/22/2014 8:52:52 PM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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