Sir Orfeo (Alan Bliss)

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Sir Orfeo
AuthorEdited and translated by Alan Bliss
PublisherLondon: Oxford University Press; Oxford: Clarendon Press (2nd ed.)
Released1954; 1966 (2nd ed.)

Sir Orfeo is an edition of the Middle English poem "Sir Orfeo" by Alan Bliss. It prints all three manuscripts and reconstructs a thirty-eight line prologue.[1]. The edition was first published in the Oxford English Monographs, of which J.R.R. Tolkien was a general editor.[2]

  • Note: This publication is included in Pieter Collier's "List of all Tolkien books".[3]

From the Introduction[edit | edit source]

"[Bliss thanks Tolkien] whose penetrating scholarship is an inspiration to all who have worked with him" (p. vi)


  1. Anne Laskaya and Eve Salisbury (eds.), "Sir Orfeo: Introduction", at River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester. Retrieved 8 September 2010. Originally published in The Middle English Breton Lays, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 1995.
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide, p. 119
  3. Collecting Tolkien Books at, as of 8 September 2010