Damico offers incisive arguments that major historical events and personages pertaining to the reign of Cnut and those of his sons recorded in the , and major continental and Scandinavian historical texts, hold striking parallels with events and personages found in at least eight vexing narrative units, as recorded by Scribe A in BL, Cotton Vitellius A.xv, that make up the poem’s quasi sixth-century narrative concerning the fall of the legendary Scyldings.
She is a founder of its Institute for Medieval Studies, a recipient of the New Mexico Humanities Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Humanities, and a member of The Medieval Academy of America and recipient of its CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies.
She is also an Honorary Member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists.
(Counting this one, I own nine different editions of the poem.) Tolkien, most famous for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was also a noted scholar of Old English, so an edition of the famous Anglo-Saxon poem by him carries some rather high expectations. R., Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2014, hardcover, $21.17* [Discuss this post] I’ve finally obtained and read a copy, and I must, sadly, state that this is a book that no one should buy.
Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf was to be published, edited by his son Christopher, I was excited.
The casual reader, a person who would be most attracted by the cachet of Tolkien’s name, who simply wants to read a version of the Beowulf story without learning Old English, will find little of value in this translation.
Tolkien himself was not satisfied with this translation and never attempted to publish it.The poem survived the Middle Ages in a single manuscript, which was copied some time relatively close to the year 1000.But many scholars think that the poem itself was written significantly earlier than the manuscript: some believe it was written around 750, others in the 800s or 900s. At least a few of the events mentioned in appear to be historical, and if so, they occured around the year 515, so the poem could be seen as being set in this time period or a more general, mythical "heroic age." What is the story in the poem (as distinct from the story in the film)?(2) For scholars, poets, and students alike, Tolkien's essay has become central to our understanding and treatment of the poem.Helen Damico presents the first concentrated discussion of the initiatory two-thirds of Beowulf’s 3,182 lines in the context of the sociopolitically turbulent years that composed the first half of the eleventh century in Anglo-Danish England.The formatting and editorial choices make it difficult to use as an academic resource.