Friday, March 27, 2015

BeowulfBeowulf by Unknown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Of the three different translations I've read of this epic poem (two of which were in school) this was the most easy to read. I wish I had a more academic mind when it came to linguistic work because I would have loved to have read more of Tolkien's commentary at the end, but found it too confusing for myself. The addition of Tolkien's Sellic Spell and two other songs (because what's a work of Tolkien without at least one song) are also entertaining and interesting to see the depth of his interest in the text. For fans of Lord of the Rings there are many lines from these three addition works that could easily be linked to his better known work.

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