Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lo! Beowulf and Other Topics

Just a quick acknowledgement of the long-awaited publication this week of Tolkien's translation of Beowulf, with such interesting extras as "Sellic Spell" and "The Lay of Beowulf". It's very good to see all of these available for scholarly study at last.

I'd also like to call attention to a new venue for the scholarly study of Tolkien, The Journal of Tolkien Research.  This is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access (FREE to all) scholarly journal. I'm serving as Book Reviews Editor, and am pleased to be working with Brad Eden (Editor) as well as other members of the Editorial Board, including Dimitra Fimi, John Holmes, John Houghton, Robin Reid, and Ed Risden.  And I look forward to working with other colleagues as essayists and book reviewers.  Please explore the site to get an idea of what we're planning and doing, and to watch it grow.

I'm also pleased to announce that Tolkien On Fairy-stories, a critical edition of Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-stories" and its associated manuscripts, edited by Verlyn Flieger and myself and originally published by HarperCollins in 2008, is coming out in an affordable trade paperback edition on August 14th.  Order via by clicking here, and via by clicking here.