The Seafarer (I.L. Gordon)

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This article is about 1960 book edited by Ida Gordon. For the Old English poem, see The Seafarer (poem).
The Seafarer
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AuthorEdited by I.L. Gordon
PublisherLondon: Methuen
ISBN416-77260-9 (SBN)

The Seafarer is an annotated edition of the Old English poem "The Seafarer", published in the series Methuen's Old English Library (general editors Arthur Brown and A.J. Bliss).[1] Initially prepared by E.V. Gordon (the husband of I.L. Gordon) and J.R.R. Tolkien, the work remained unpublished when the former died in 1938.[2] Ida Gordon reworked the uncompleted draft and published the edition in 1960. Because of the large revision, The Seafarer was published in her own name, but "Tolkien's work and assistance were generously acknowledged."[3] In 1996, a new edition of the publication appeared (University of Exeter Press, ISBN 0-85989-507-6), which includes a 16-pages Bibliography compiled by Mary Clayton.[4]

  • Note: This publication is included in Pieter Collier's "List of all Tolkien books".[5]

From the Preface[edit | edit source]

[The following quote contains the only references to Tolkien]

"When my husband, Professor E. V. Gordon, died in 1938 he left an uncompleted draft of an edition of The Wanderer and The Seafarer, on which he had been working in collaboration with Professor J. R. R. Tolkien. And my first intention, with Professor Tolkien's approval, was to bring into final form that edition. [...] I have submitted the edition under my own name because it represents a view of the poem basically different from that of the original draft. Nevertheless, the edition incorporates much of the original material, especially in the Notes. [...] I wish to thank Professor Tolkien for some notes given to me with his usual generosity [...]"

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Pearl (edited by E.V. Gordon with the assistance of Tolkien)


  1. Ida Gordon (1960), The Seafarer
  2. Verlyn Flieger, A Question of Time (2001), p. 262
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: A Reader's Guide (2006), p. 347
  4. Ida Gordon, Mary Clayton (1996), The Seafarer
  5. Collecting Tolkien Books at, as of 8 September 2010