J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide. CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN (1924-2020) was the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.
A thrill . . . "Beowulf" was Tolkien's lodestar. Everything he did led up to or away from it . . . Perhaps, in the dark of night, he already knew what would happen: that he would never publish his beautiful "Beowulf," and that his intimacy with the poem, more beautiful, would remain between him and the poet--a secret love. -- New YorkerBoth scholars and lay readers have long awaited Tolkien's Beowulf translation and its related materials, and everyone will find something of enduring interest in this collection. For Tolkien, Beowulf was both a brilliant and haunting work in its own right and an inspiration for his own fiction. It is a poem that will move us as readers, not forever but as long as we last. Or as Tolkien says, It must ever call with a profound appeal--until the dragon comes. -- Wall Street JournalTolkien-as-guide is delightful, an irresistibly chatty schoolmaster in the Chaucerian mold . . . His learning and Beowulf's patterns of gloom and fragile light feel intimately related . . . his noble translation joins the ranks of the narrowly saved. - SlateThis rendition--edited by his son Christopher and published for the first time--will delight fans . . . lovers of Tolkien's work will agree that this is a book long overdue. - Publishers WeeklyA marvel of vigor and economy . . . Essential for students of the Old English poem--and the ideal gift for devotees of the One Ring. -- Kirkus