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Friday, August 29, 2003

VIZZINI: I'm waiting

Last January I read that someone had discovered an annotated edition of Beowulf with translation by no less than J. R. R. Tolkien, and that it was “scheduled for publication this coming summer.”

I’m still waiting.

Being an unashamed intellectual snob and show-off (what my ex-wife would have called a “tadas mocka”), I prefer for myself to read Beowulf in the original, but I would like to be able to recommend to friends a translation that goes some way towards conveying the atmosphere of the poem as well as just telling the story, and I have high hopes of Tolkien in this respect.

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