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After 90 years, it's coming: Tolkien's Beowulf

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:07pm

Huge news in the world of publishing this week as HarperCollins announced that finally -- after 90 years and a couple attempts that never quite reached fruition -- J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of the infamous epic Beowulf will be released in print for the world!

Entitled Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, the book will contain not only Tolkien's translation of the poem but also plenty of "illuminating commentary" taken from lectures on Beowulf that Tolkien gave at Oxford in the 1930s. As well, included is "Sellic Spell", a "story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf."

You can read the full press release after the jump, or by visiting this page.

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary is set to be released on May 22, 2014 by HarperCollins.

We're sure to be getting stock for the store, but we're also happy to place a pre-order just for you. Contact your nearest MRB bookstore directly for details!

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