The Battle of Maldon (1937 book)

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This article is about Gordon's edition of the poem. For the 2023 book by J.R.R. Tolkien, see The Battle of Maldon.
The Battle of Maldon
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EditorE.V. Gordon
PublisherLondon: Methuen
Released10 June 1937
SeriesMethuen's Old English Library

The Battle of Maldon is an edition of the Old English poem The Battle of Maldon, translated by E.V. Gordon and published in 1937. In his Preface, Gordon notes that J.R.R. Tolkien "read the proofs", made "corrections and contributions", and offered solutions "to many textual and philological problems" (p. vi).

The poem, but translated by J.R.R. Tolkien, was published in the 2023 book The Battle of Maldon: together with The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.

From the inside flap[edit | edit source]

This is the first edition of The Battle of Maldon to be taken from the transcript of John Elphinston, which has only recently been identified. The misreadings in Hearne's print, from which all previous editions have been taken, are here eliminated, and an attempt has been made to provide historical background and a literary evaluation of the poem. The broken text and over punctuation of most Old English poems have also been avoided by the editor, and the lines are printed in one, with no extra spacing. The text contains one photograph and a map of the battlefield.