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January 01, 2003

Forgotten Tolkien manuscript

A FORGOTTEN J.R.R. TOLKIEN MANUSCRIPT is to be published in the United States next summer. Tolkien's line-by-line translation and commentary of Beowulf, an 8th century Anglo-Saxon epic, will sell well in light of interest in his work excited by the ongoing film serialization of The Lord of the Rings (via Geek Press). The power of Tolkien's fiction draws in part from his able expression of spiritual and moral conviction and in part from the astonishing complexity of detail he provides his fantastic worlds. Beowulf is perhaps the only English equivalent of the Scandinavian edda and saga tradition. Coherent fictional languages, history and cosmology all underpin Tolkien's narratives in what he hoped might complement Beowulf as a "saga for the English speaking peoples." Peter Jackson's film interpretation of Tolkien's work relies on a comparable degree of complexity and attention to detail lending a depth of realism to otherwise fantastic characters and contexts.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 1, 2003 05:52 PM


I love Tolkien. I've read all his books and I still love them and the films. I still have a respect for Tolkien as a historian, mythologist and linguist.

Posted by: JRR Tolkien at March 17, 2004 12:30 PM