Tolkien, Beowulf, and Borrowing

Recently, I read Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, his original folk-tale version of the story, “Sallic Spell,” and The Rood and the Torc, a historical fiction novel set in the same culture as Beowulf (though later in history). All this made me realize how Tolkien imported massive quantities of material from Beowulf and the Danish/early Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading Tolkien, Beowulf, and Borrowing