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'''''The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son''''' is a poem written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] which was originally published in 1953 in volume 6 of the scholarly journal ''Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association''. It is inspired by an [[Old English]] fragment about The Battle of Maldon. It is written in the form of an alliterative poem, but is also a play, being mainly a dialogue between two characters in the aftermath of The Battle of Maldon. The work was accompanied by two essays, also by Tolkien, one before and one after the main work.
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'''''The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son''''' is a poem written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] which was originally published in 1953 in volume 6 of the scholarly journal ''Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association''. It is inspired by an [[Old English]] fragment about [[wikipedia:The Battle of Maldon|The Battle of Maldon]]. It is written in the form of an alliterative poem, but is also a play, being mainly a dialogue between two characters in the aftermath of The Battle of Maldon. The work was accompanied by two essays, also by Tolkien, one before and one after the main work.
  
 
The work, as published, was thus presented as:
 
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*''The Death of Beorhtnoth'' - an introductory essay concerning the battle and the Old English fragment that inspired Tolkien.
 
*''The Death of Beorhtnoth'' - an introductory essay concerning the battle and the Old English fragment that inspired Tolkien.
 
*''The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son'' - the actual work itself.
 
*''The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son'' - the actual work itself.
*''Ofermod'' - an essay following on from the main work, discussing the meaning of the Old English word [[ofermod]].
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*''[[Ofermod]]'' - an essay following on from the main work, discussing the meaning of the Old English word [[ofermod]].
  
''The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son'' is a notable if obscure work of Tolkien's, demonstrating his ability to recreate the alliterative beauty of Old English, yet at the same time deviating from the style in decidedly modern ways. It has since been republished in various collections of Tolkien's works.
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''The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son'' is a notable if obscure work of Tolkien's, demonstrating his ability to recreate the alliterative beauty of Old English, yet at the same time deviating from the style in decidedly modern ways.
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Extracts from unpublished drafts of The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth were published in [[Tolkien Studies: Volume 4|''Tolkien Studies'', Volume 4
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==Publication history==
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*[[1953]]: ''[[Essays and Studies 1953]]''
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*[[1966]]: ''[[The Tolkien Reader]]''
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*[[1975]]: ''[[Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wootton Major, "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorthelm's Son"]]''
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*1980: ''[[Poems and Stories]]''
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*[[1991]]: ''[[The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth (booklet)|The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth]]''
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*[[2001]]: ''[[Tree and Leaf]]''
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According to [[Åke Bertenstam]], Tolkien also:
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{{quote|...made a recording of the poem, which has never been commercially released, but copies of it on cassette tapes were given by the [[Tolkien Estate]] to the participants of the [[J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference]], held in Oxford in August 1992.|''A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien''}}
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
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* [[Index:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien|Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
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* [[The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm's Son (radio play)]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0OON/is_4_23/ai_99848430 Mythlore - "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son": Tolkien as a modern Anglo-Saxon]
 
*[http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0OON/is_4_23/ai_99848430 Mythlore - "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son": Tolkien as a modern Anglo-Saxon]
  
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[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien|Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm's Son, The]]

Revision as of 11:47, 28 January 2012

The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son is a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien which was originally published in 1953 in volume 6 of the scholarly journal Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association. It is inspired by an Old English fragment about The Battle of Maldon. It is written in the form of an alliterative poem, but is also a play, being mainly a dialogue between two characters in the aftermath of The Battle of Maldon. The work was accompanied by two essays, also by Tolkien, one before and one after the main work.

The work, as published, was thus presented as:

  • The Death of Beorhtnoth - an introductory essay concerning the battle and the Old English fragment that inspired Tolkien.
  • The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son - the actual work itself.
  • Ofermod - an essay following on from the main work, discussing the meaning of the Old English word ofermod.

The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son is a notable if obscure work of Tolkien's, demonstrating his ability to recreate the alliterative beauty of Old English, yet at the same time deviating from the style in decidedly modern ways.

Extracts from unpublished drafts of The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth were published in Tolkien Studies, Volume 4 .

Publication history

According to Åke Bertenstam, Tolkien also:

"...made a recording of the poem, which has never been commercially released, but copies of it on cassette tapes were given by the Tolkien Estate to the participants of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, held in Oxford in August 1992."
A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien

See also

External links