December 29th, 2002 | Published in Uncategorized
An English professor has found a previously undiscovered handwritten manuscript of Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf:
“A US academic, Michael Drout, found the Tolkien material by accident in a box of papers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. “An assistant professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Dr Drout was researching Anglo- Saxon scholarship at the Bodleian, and asked to see a copy of a lecture on Beowulf given by Tolkien in 1936. “It was brought to him in a reading room in a large box. Professor Drout, who reads Anglo-Saxon prose to his two-year-old daughter at bedtime, said: ‘I was sitting there going through the transcripts when I saw these four bound volumes at the bottom of the box. “‘I started looking through, and realised I had found an entire book of material that had never seen the light of day. As I turned the page, there was Tolkien’s fingerprint in a smudge of ink.'”
Publication date is set for some time this year. I guess I’ll replace my old paperback edition with it, but I’ll hold on to my other translation.
TheOneRing.net had the story,
but I found the link and sent it on to them.
ObNeedlessDiary: I bought a copy of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien over the holidays. Right now, I’m using it to answer all sorts of Lord of the Rings trivia, but I think I’ll give it a full read-through once I’ve worked out from under the other stuff on my reading list.