Beowulf and the Critics (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, Vol. 248)

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  • 461 pages
  • Beowulf and the Critics (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, Vol. 248)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • English
  • 17 August 2017
  • 9780866982900

10 thoughts on “Beowulf and the Critics (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, Vol. 248)

  1. says:

    Tolkien s original essay, Beowulf The Monsters and the Critics, was amazing if only for its impact on the study of Beowulf I m hard pressed to think of any other essay that changed the world of literary studies so completely This essay basically sent scholarship in its current direction, rescuing it from the pitfalls of scholarship Tolkien saw in his contemporaries the tendency to lament the way critics wanted the poem to be something it was not, or to assume that it was what they wanted, and to dismiss the monsters as trivial, or to fail to fully consider the implications of the pagan and Christian references in the poem Anyone attempting to write about this poem, or wanting to read the academic work surrounding it, should probably begin here Although Tolkien may have been wrong about some of his conclusions perhaps, for example, the dating of the poem his influence on the field is remarkable.This edition, though, I would only recommend to people eager to go in depth into Tolkien s argument It includes two drafts of the original essay, making it possible to see the development of Tolkien s essay over time Even I, alas, am not that interested, despite my dual interest in Tolkien and Beowulf Still, it could be very useful for close analysis.

  2. says:

    Not to be confused with The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays, this book supplies Old English scholars and fans and scholars of Tolkien with two versions of the writings that lie behind that briefer and focused work It makes a wonderful companion to Beowulf A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell.

  3. says:

    This academic work by J.R.R Tolkien, presented in two lecture drafts, is difficult to read I once tried to read it alongside a Beowulf text and never made it through the book This past semester, while working on an academic paper about Beowulf, I gave it another go Tolkien s insight into the text is fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoy his text based analysis which stands in sharp contrast to the speculative critical analysis of his contemporaries Tolkien desires to, for the most part, put aside all speculation as to the intent of the author and how much the story has been altered changed, and instead interpret the story on its own terms, studying the dual pagan Christian symbolism This book is not easily accessible for the average reader, but it opened Beowulf to me in new ways and I learned a lot from it.

  4. says:

    Like some other reviewers, I read an paper of the same title rather than a whole book.I am deeply unqualified to comment on his critique of contemporary critics of Beowulf and those who try to mine it for historical fact The only Beowulf I ve read was in english, but the translator attempted to preserve the poetry, and I enjoyed that about it Tolkien tempts me to go find a side by side english old english version to see the poetry there Probably not a great use of my time though.I hadn t read any of Tolkien s non fantasy before and man, not an easy read Only 15 pages but it took me north of an hour Readily lapses into Old English, Latin, German, and assumes that reader will understand it Fairly remarkable use of allegory for nonfiction too.His reflections, inspired in part by Ker s The Dark Ages, on northern vs southern paganism reminded me a lot of Chesterton s reflections on paganism in Heretics I think , as a sad religion, one where good loses and there is no salvation I hadn t considered this strictly as a northern pagan characteristic, but it seems plausible, and forces me to wonder about the eventual differences between northern puritanical Christianity of damnation versus southern Roman Catholic Christianity of salvation.Honestly a lot of things about this paper reminded me of Chesterton, which ought not to surprise me since they were both British Catholics who lived concurrently, though Chesterton was maybe a generation earlier.The friend who sent me this article highlighted a quote from Ker The Northern Gods have an exultant extravagance in their warfare which makes them like Titans than Olympians only they are on the right side, though it is not the side that wins The winning side if Chaos and Unreason, but the gods, who are defeated, think that defeat no refutation.And that reminded me of my mother, who is really good at picking fights on the right but losing side, and who comes from that northern puritan tradition It all makes sense.

  5. says:

    Eliminando la parte de las 200 p ginas de explicaci n de la traducci n es un cuento corto de una historia al estilo Tolkien, que siempre traen cosas muy geniales.

  6. says:

    An annotation of Tolkien s lectures on Beowulf I read a few years ago I jotted down a few passages that pleased me They seemed to shed some light on why it seems to make cinemagraphic sense to have the good powers be Greco Roman and the bad or neutral powers have of a Germanic Nordic British cast Though that may be changing Hark Of the fair gods of Greece we also hear rumour of wars with giants and great powers not Olympian Yet this distinction is not clearly conceived The gods are not in any case an ever present danger the war is rather in a chaotic past Though the seed of the gods may be heroes, it is also other creatures hostile to mean and monstrous The monsters maybe akin to the gods, and the gods are not partners of lesser men in their war against them The gods neither need men s help, nor are concerned in their struggles Men may worship or propitiate one or the other, gods or monsters, but he is not an ally of either The interest of the gods in this or that man as part of their whims or private schemes, not as part of a great strategy that includes the whole of mankind, if only as the infantry of battle The wages of heaven are deeds This perhaps makes the gods godlike lofty, dread, inscrutable They are timeless and do not know or fear death Such beliefs may hold promise of a profounder thought, so that the Greeks could make philosophy, but the Germanic North created specially the hero Though the word we use in English is Greek the notion we have of it is rather Germanic than Greek In Norse at any rate the gods are enmeshed within time they are doomed to the agony of death though probably by a late addition a rebirth glimmers faintly far ahead for some of them Their battle is with the monsters and with the darkness They fight along with men and gather heroes for the final battle Already before euhemerism saved them by embalming them they dwindled in learned antiquarian fancy to their mighty ancestors of northern kings, they are in their very being but the enlarged shadows of great men and warriors cast upon the walls of the world When Baldr is slain and goes to Hel, he cannot escape thence any than mortal man Loki is among the gods, it is true, and evil and lying and clever spirit, of whom many monsters come But this is true of men, in whom both Grendel and the Dragon in their hatred, cruelty, malice and greed find part But the gods of Asgard do not recognize kinship with Fenris the wolf any than men do with the Dragon 127 28 He also had an extensive quote from another book that really got me in the gut Viz What is distinctively Northern in the myth of the Twilight of the Gods is the strength of its theory of life It is this intensity of courage that distinguishes the Northern mythology and Icelandic literature generally from all others The last word of the Northmen before their entry into the larger world of Southern culture their last independent guess at the secret of the Universe, is the Twilight of the Gods As far as it goes, and as a working theory, it is absolutely impregnable It is the assertion of the individual freedom against all the terrors and temptations of the world It is absolute resistance, perfect because without hope The Northern gods have an exultant extravagance in their warfare which makes them like Titans than Olympians only they are on the right side, though it is not the side that wins The winning side is Chaos and Unreason but the gods, who are defeated, think that defeat no refutation Id quoting W P KER, THE DARK AGES 57 58 1904.I know I missed a lot of this book But what I understood I found fascinating.

  7. says:

    In Summary Read Beowulf The Critics B and Explanatory Notes A I found the edition I read edited by Michael Drout a little unusual, and it seems as if it s set up for someone who wants to study Tolkien s essay, rather than someone who wants to read it in order to study Beowulf It is split into four main sections Beowulf The Critics A , Beowulf The Critics B , Explanatory Notes A , and Explanatory Notes B Beowulf The Critics A and B are the same essay, but written a few years apart B is the later essay and Tolkien develops on some of his ideas a little further I would recommend skipping A and just reading B , unless you are actually interested in studying the changes in Tolkien s theories Explanatory Notes A and B are Drout s additions He has gone through and listed the references Tolkien makes and added descriptive notes for unfamiliar readers Because the essays are almost identical, most of the references are in section A , while section B is filled with references like see above, note 100 Drout finishes off with Textual notes, that showing the exact way Tolkien wrote some of his information again, not really relevant to the study of Beowulf, but interesting to those studying Tolkien s analysis.

  8. says:

    This edition is a magnificent work of scholarship on Professor Drout s part his explanatory notes are worth checking even if you catch Professor Tolkien s references, since he provides copious detail and full contexts for the quotations Scholars back then showed commendable nobility, and could write, even some of those Tolkien was refuting only they are on the right side, though it is not the side that wins The winning side is Chaos and Unreason but the gods, who are defeated, think that defeat no refutation W.P Ker And Klaeber one of Tolkien s main targets , quoting a review of the published essay by another of Tolkien s targets, R.W Chambers the finest appreciation which has yet been written of our finest Old English poem As for Professor Tolkien s essay, the second draft is well worth reading even if you ve read the final, published version The B draft here presented is greatly inferior to the final version, which shows how hard Tolkien worked to achieve his apparently effortless style but it s far longer, and covers far material One tip use at least three bookmarks, to keep you place for the text, the explanatory notes for version B, and the explanatory notes for the A version, to which the B notes often refer.

  9. says:

    I didn t read this book, but the essay Beowulf The Monsters and the Critics that came published in the Norton Critical edition of Heaney s translation Couldn t find a single printing of this essay but it s so great that I wanted to list it separately As a life long Tolkien fan and re reader of his works, finally reading Beowulf was a revelation It sheds light on so many aspects of Tolkien s world But this essay does the same In it Tolkien describes the pre Christian doom that hangs over Beowulf, as well as the religion and culture that generated it This theme is very strong in Tolkien s own fiction and the despair it produces is perhaps the key quality of those who finally give in to evil Saruman, Denethor, et al.You can also note certain commonalities between Tolkien s response to the critical handling of Beowulf and traditional Christian responses to higher criticism of the Bible Many of the points Tolkien makes are applicable in the latter debate Plus, the writing is really remarkable The final sentence alone makes reading the whole essay worthwhile.

  10. says:

    Editor Michael Drout observes that this book will appeal both to Tolkien fans and to Anglo Saxonists, and he offers his edition primarily to the readers who identify with both interest groups As a member of that obscure demographic, I must say that Drout s contribution to the fields of Beowulf studies and Tolkein studies is enormous By publishing two annotated versions of Tolkien s text, it is possible to see the development of The Professor s argument and to see the degree to which this seminal work has seeped into the very fabric of twentieth century Beowulf criticism Many of Tolkien s ideas seemed like common sense to me, and that may be due to their frequent repetition or refutation by subsequent scholars For those who know Tolkien primarily as a maker of worlds, it is delightful beyond words to see him turn his laser sharp intellect on the inferior scholarship of his contemporaries.

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