Finn and Hengest

Finn and Hengest Ok, this is the kind of thing I want to do Only, as the fella who wrote the introduction says, I have to make sure Tolkien hasn t already written exhaustively on my particular Saxony topics The guy presented a brilliant paper at a conference only to have everyone there tell him Tolkien already wrote that I just translated Sermo Lupi from the OE I m getting there Old English masterclassCurated and introduced by Alan Bliss, the book is a thorough display of JRRT literary and historical forensic abilities Far from the creative and inventive author of Middle Earth, professor Tolkien dons here the role of the college researcher and digs deep in the verses of the cryptic episode in Beowulf and the Finnesburg fragment, to philologically reconstruct a forgotten page in English history in an amazing lecture It would be better for the reader to brush up any Old English knowledge she he may have or at the least read Tolkien s Beowulf translation before starting this book this read need scholar preparation Professor JRRTolkien Is Most Widely Known As The Author Of The Lord Of The Rings, But He Was Also A Scholar In The Field Of Mediaeval English Language And Literature The Story Of Finn And Hengest, Two Fifth Century Heroes In Northern Europe, Is Told Both In Beowulf And In A Fragmentary Anglo Saxon Poem Known As The Fight At Finnsburg, But So Obscurely And Allusively That Its Interpretation Had Been A Matter Of Controversy For Over Years Bringing His Unique Combination Of Philological Erudition And Poetic Imagination To The Task, However, Tolkien Revealed A Classic Tragedy Of Divided Loyalties, Of Vengeance, Blood And Death The Story Has The Added Attraction That It Describes The Events Immediately Preceding The First Germanic Invasion Of Britain Which Was Led By Hengest Himself Interesting and useful for me, who am interested in almost all things Anglo Saxon.A well structured edition by Alan Bliss. There are things in this book that WILL fly over your head, unless you happen to be some sort of scholar in Old English It is also very much a scholarly essay, not a narrative, and will reference sources that you are unfamiliar with, assume you can read and understand Old English, and try your patience with subject matter that may require some Googling.Even if you have none of the skills above, there is still much to be gained from this book With enough patience and a willingness to ignore the snatches that are unintelligible to all us rubes, what we get is a discernible look into scholarship concerning an obscure episode in history notable mostly for it s connection to the epic poem Beowulf Tolkien s logic and opinions are fascinating, and you will learn much about Anglo Saxon culture from a man who loved it And now we know a little about what that long aside in Heorot was all about. This book shows probably than any other that Tolkien wrote what a master in Linguistics he was Truely a testament to his intellect The astaunding amount of conclusions and information he can gather from a pair of texts that is in total not even 5 pages long just blows my mind This book is probably not suited for anyone who is looking for another LoTR from The Man himself Also my greatest respects to Mr Bliss Who whould have toyed with the idea that he could come so far from fixing broken cars to putting together this masterpiece Well done It shows that not only the elderly Christopher Tolkien is suited to finish his father s work Excuse me for the pun Finn and Hengest is a collation of Tolkien s lecture notes it is dense at times, fully of arcane knowledge, and somewhat fragmentary by nature though Bliss manages to combat at least this last point and I love it nonetheless because Tolkien s passion and love for Old English literature comes through clearly and infects me though, of course, I ve been through the gateway drugs of Middle earth It is not a huge stretch to say there was a direct influence on at least a corner of my own writing. How did I skip reviewing this last year Perhaps because my brain hurt so bad after reading it Essentially a raw dump of unpublished lecture notes, the very poor editing a generous soul might prefer conservative to poor makes this a needlessly convoluted read However, the scholarship presented in this little book is fantastic and is well worth the Herculean effort of will required to actually read it closely.Recommended for those with a deep interest in Beowulf or proto Anglo Saxon history. Now I know why I am not a philologist This book is not an easy read, with many sections just detailing names and correspondences, but the end result of illuminating the possible background to the fight at Finnesburg is informative, brings the history to life A valuable adjunct to Beowulf and helping one to see the depth in the allusions within the larger epic. A masterpiece of pure Tolkien Not always the easiest book to follow but the rewards it gives is like discovering a cave on hidden treasures Makes one wishes that one could go back in time and be in those lectures with e Professor himself

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❮BOOKS❯ ✯ Finn and Hengest  Author J.R.R. Tolkien –
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Finn and Hengest
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • English
  • 07 May 2017
  • 9780261103559

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