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The Resource Beowulf : a translation and commentary : together with Sellic Spell, by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien

Beowulf : a translation and commentary : together with Sellic Spell, by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien

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Beowulf : a translation and commentary : together with Sellic Spell
Title
Beowulf
Title remainder
a translation and commentary : together with Sellic Spell
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by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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Beowulf
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1892-1973
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Tolkien, J. R. R.
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR1585
LC item number
.T65 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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1892-1973
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  • Tolkien, Christopher
  • Tolkien, J. R. R.
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  • Epic poetry, English (Old)
  • Monsters
  • Dragons
  • Epic poetry, English (Old)
Label
Beowulf : a translation and commentary : together with Sellic Spell, by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
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
Control code
873729342
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xiv, 425 pages
Isbn
9780544442788
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)873729342
Label
Beowulf : a translation and commentary : together with Sellic Spell, by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
873729342
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xiv, 425 pages
Isbn
9780544442788
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)873729342

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