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  • New Tolkien book discovered

    01/02/2003 7:26:56 PM PST · by John Farson · 128 replies · 778+ views ^ | 12/30/02
    A yellowing manuscript by J.R.R.Tolkien discovered in an Oxford library could become one of the publishing sensations of 2003. The 2000 handwritten pages include Tolkien's translation and appraisal of Beowulf, the epic 8th century Anglo-Saxon poem of bravery, friendship and monster-slaying that is thought to have inspired The Lord of the Rings. He borrowed from early English verse to concoct the imaginary language spoken by Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, and other elves in the second film made from the Rings books, The Two Towers. A US academic, Michael Drout, found the Tolkien material by accident in a box of...
  • Waving His Wand at ‘Beowulf’

    05/20/2014 4:40:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    There’s more to J. R. R. Tolkien than wizards and hobbits. The author of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” was also an Oxford University professor specializing in languages like Old Norse and Old English. “Beowulf” was an early love, and a kind of Rosetta Stone to his creative work. His study of the poem, which he called “this greatest of the surviving works of ancient English poetic art,” informed his thinking about myth and language.
  • JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait

    03/21/2014 4:28:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    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...
  • Secrets of Beowulf revealed: Relics discovered at Danish feasting hall which featured in...

    08/31/2013 8:24:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 26, 2013 | Hugo Gye
    Although the story of Beowulf centres around the heroic exploits of the Scandinavians, it found fame in the epic poem written in Old English by an Anglo-Saxon bard. The poem, which is 3,000 lines long, is testimony to the historic links between the Norse and the Anglo-Saxons, some of whom emigrated from southern Scandinavia. It tells the tale of Beowulf, a Geat warrior from modern-day Scandinavia, who travels to Denmark to help King Hrothgar defend his magnificent hall of Heorot. Beowulf kills the monster Grendel, saving the Danes from his murderous attacks, then defeats the fiend's mother and is later...
  • Saxon find in Lyminge has historians partying like it's 599 [Remains of great hall]

    10/31/2012 3:32:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Guardian ^ | Tuesday 30 October 2012 | Maev Kennedy
    The foundations of a spectacular Anglo-Saxon feasting hall, a place where a king and his warriors would have gathered for days of drinking and eating -- as vividly described in the poem Beowulf -- have been found inches below the village green of Lyminge in Kent. There was one last celebration by the light of flickering flames at the site, 1,300 years after the hall was abandoned, as archaeologists marked the find by picking out the outline of the hall in candles, lighting up the end-of-excavation party. Heaps of animal bones buried in pits around the edge of the hall...
  • The End of the Obama Mystique

    01/21/2010 4:26:41 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,018+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It's been a  few years since the release of the film The Thirteenth Warrior. It was a rarity: an intelligent actioner. Directed by Michael Crichton and based on his novel Eaters of the Dead, it was a retelling and rationalization of the ancient Beowulf legend. In Crichton's version, the monsters of legend comprise a tribe of human cannibals preying on Viking settlements. The story is told through the eyes of an educated Arab visitor who has traveled to the far north out of curiosity and wanderlust. He witnesses an attack by the cannibals in which the Vikings panic and run...
  • Anti-Christian Crusade (Beowulf)

    12/01/2007 2:06:52 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 88 replies · 722+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2007 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Anti-Christian Crusade - Beowulf is the latest installment in Hollywood’s attempt to reconfigure history By now, the oft-recurring negative portrayals of Christianity in major Hollywood movies have become hackneyed and predictable. The recent rendition of Beowulf only reinforced this trend. The same subtle depictions and motifs present in movies from decades past were once again present, a favorite being the attempt to try to depict pagans as “open-minded” and “free-spirited” peoples, or, quite anachronistically, as medieval counterparts to the modern, secular, liberal. The idea being that pagan peoples — unencumbered by the suffocating forces of Christianity — were/are happy, passionate...
  • Interesting take on the new film of Beowulf

    11/26/2007 9:08:51 AM PST · by Borges · 11 replies · 78+ views ^ | 11/21/07 | Dave Kehr
    I’m trying to pull together some thoughts on Robert Zemeckis’s “Beowulf,” though at this point I’ve only seen the film once and don’t have much more than a gut reaction to offer. It strikes me as Zemeckis’s darkest and most misanthropic film to date — to the extent that he’s even banished a human presence from the final product, completing a process that began with the violently distorted bodies of “Death Becomes Her” and the desperate flight from human society in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump.” In tone, I think it’s closest to “Contact,” extending that film’s satire...
  • Early Movie Review: 3-D Spectacle "Beowulf" is Fun "300" as Played by WWE Characters

    11/15/2007 6:22:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies · 363+ views
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | November 15, 2007 | Debbie Schlussel
    Debbie Schlussel: Early Movie Review: 3-D Spectacle "Beowulf" is Fun "300" as Played by WWE Characters By Debbie Schlussel It's definitely not for kids. And I didn't care for the right-in-your-face naked CGI rear ends of Beowulf (Ray Winstone) and Grendel's Mother (a skank played by a skank--Angelina Jolie). But I thoroughly enjoyed "Beowulf"--the 3-D marvel, in theaters tomorrow (Friday). And, yes, guys, this movie is for you. Dragons, fire, monsters, kings, warriors, swords, damsels in distress--this has all those and more. It's the story of the swashbuckling, but exaggeratingly braggadocious, fair-haired warrior Beowulf who saves Danish King Hrothgar's (Anthony...
  • Olde English meets new technology in 'Beowulf' (Fake muscles on actors)

    11/11/2007 7:25:28 AM PST · by Stoat · 21 replies · 48,158+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 11, 2007 | Joe Strike
    Olde English meets new technology in 'Beowulf' BY JOE STRIKESunday, November 11th 2007, 4:00 AM Beowulf, voiced and motion-capture-acted by Ray Winstone Beowulf faces down Grendel's mother, Angelina Jolie (also below). When Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf" opens Friday, it'll be moviegoers' first opportunity since last spring's "300" to ogle well-muscled, barely clothed men of war. Like that earlier film, "Beowulf" is set long ago and far away, when men were men and uniforms were skimpy. Thanks to modern technology, "Beowulf's" bare-chested hot bods are buffed to the max without the benefit of steroids. The cast of "300" had to endure...
  • Father condemns East Penn's 'filthy' reading list

    08/15/2007 11:16:07 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 149 replies · 3,020+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 15 August 2007 | Randy Kraft
    An angry parent has blasted the East Penn School District for requiring its students to read books he said are "full of filthy vulgarity." Richard Jones of Upper Milford confronted the school board Monday about some of the books on his 15-year-old son's 10th-grade summer reading list at Emmaus High School, saying they're trash. Following its standard practice, the board limited Jones to three minutes and didn't respond to his criticism during the meeting. But later, board President Ann Thompson said, "We listened carefully and it is being investigated carefully."
  • The funny side of `Beowulf' (Dave Barry) (Warning: crosses 'PC' line)

    10/15/2006 6:51:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 2,175+ views
    The funny side of `Beowulf' BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on Nov. 2, 1997.) I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford. I try to help my son, Rob, with his schooling, but over the years this has become more difficult. Back when he was dealing with basic educational issues such as why the sky is blue and what a duck says, I always knew the correct answers (''It doesn't matter'' and ''Moo''). But when Rob got into...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 736 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • [ Daily Tolkien / Lord Of The Rings ] Beyond The Movie: Myth and Storytelling

    01/16/2003 4:48:18 AM PST · by JameRetief · 3 replies · 566+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 2002 | Not Cited
        The door to the Mines of Moria Viking-era carvings on Sweden's Sigurd Rock   Viking ship post (circa A.D. 850)(Photograph from National Geographic Television) Stonehenge, one of the many ancient British ruins that inspired Tolkien(Photograph from National Geographic Television) A transcript of Tolkien's lecture “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics”(Photograph from National Geographic Television and Jane Chance) Akseli Gallen-Kallela's 1891 painting “Aino Myth,” which depicts a passage from the Kalevala, a compilation of old Finnish ballads and poems(Photograph courtesy Art Museum of Ateneum) Ian McKellen as Gandalf(© 2001 New Line Productions, photograph courtesy New Line Cinema)  ...