Exploring Tolkien’s Beowulf with Dr. Shippey

It was some time ago that I discovered this three-part lecture series by Dr. Tom Shippey on Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, and it has been on my mind to share it with you.  Dr. Shippey is a respected Tolkien scholar, specializing, like Tolkien, in Old and Middle English language and literature.1  His lectures are always … Continue reading Exploring Tolkien’s Beowulf with Dr. Shippey

Yet Another Translation of Beowulf

I very recently finished reading John Lesslie Hall’s translation of Beowulf.  Several months ago I shared my reflections on Seamus Heaney’s and J.R.R. Tolkien’s translations of Beowulf in Beowulf: Seamus Heaney vs. J.R.R. Tolkien.  It feels appropriate to share my thoughts on Hall’s translation as well. Hall’s translation is a verse translation which, to the … Continue reading Yet Another Translation of Beowulf