The Tolkien Estate has signed an agreement to publish Tolkien’s notes on Beowulf. There are no words to describe how excited I am about this (or any Tolkien fan is, for that matter). When can I set my tent out in front of the bookstore to be first in line for this jewel? May 22 of this year.
From the official website:
“In a world rights deal, the Tolkien Estate has signed with HarperCollins to publish for the first time Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien. This new book has been edited by Christopher Tolkien, who comments:
‘The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book.”