Beowulf and the Critics

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Beowulf and the Critics
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
EditorMichael D.C. Drout
PublisherArizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
FormatHardback with dustwrapper
SeriesMedieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, vol. 248

Beowulf and the Critics was written in the 1930s and was probably delivered as a series of lectures to undergraduates. J.R.R. Tolkien's highly influential lecture, "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics", was a redaction of this. This edition of Tolkien's lecture series includes both versions of the text together with detailed explanatory notes.

Also included are two versions of the poem Iúmonna Gold Galdre Bewunden (previously published in 1923 and 1937 respectively) along with an intermediate version (printed twice, the first time without the final stanza).

At least three impressions issued. A third impression copy has been seen with a grey stripe across the bottom right corner of the dustwrapper stating "Winner of the 2003 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies".[1]

Revised Second Edition[edit]

Beowulf and the Critics: Revised Second Edition was published in 2011, featuring some corrections and additions. The new edition also includes "the text of notes Tolkien made in preparation for the B-Text of the lecture".[2]

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  1. "Beowulf and the Critics. 2002", (accessed 13 March 2012)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Michael D.C. Drout (ed), Beowulf and the Critics: Revised Second Edition, "Preface to the Second Edition", p. xiii