Better late than never. We’re finally going to get to see Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf which he completed way back in 1926. It might sound odd that the noted fantasy author took to translating Old English but he was also a gifted linguist who enjoyed the study of language.
The translation wasn’t something lost that’s suddenly been found, but rather it’s been sitting on a shelf collecting dust for all these years and is finally getting a chance at being read. Although many translations exist, reading Tolkien’s version will surely be a thrill for his fans. The publication of his translation will be made available through Harper Collins on May 22nd.