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Battle of Maldon

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First ever standalone edition of one of J.R.R. Tolkien·s most important poetic dramas, that
explores timely themes such as the nature of heroism and chivalry during war, and which
features unpub.

In 991 AD, vikings attacked an Anglo-Saxon defence-force led by their duke, Beorhtnoth,
resulting in brutal fighting along the banks of the river Blackwater, near Maldon in Essex. The attack is widely considered one of the defining conflicts of tenth-century England, due to it being immortalised in the poem, The Battle of Maldon.

Written shortly after the battle, the poem now survives only as a 325-line fragment, but its value to today is incalculable, not just as an heroic tale but in vividly expressing the lost language of our ancestors and celebrating ideals of loyalty and friendship.

J.R.R. Tolkien considered The Battle of Maldon the last surviving fragment of ancient English heroic minstrelsy·It would inspire him to compose, during the 1930s, his own dramatic verse-dialogue, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm·s Son, which imagines the aftermath of the great battle when two of Beorhtnoth·s re­tainers come to retrieve their duke·s body.

Leading Tolkien scholar, Peter Grybauskas, presents for the very first time J.R.R. Tolkien·s own prose translation of The Battle of Maldon together with the definitive treatment of The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth and its accompanying essays; also included and never before published is Tolkien·s bravura lecture, The Tradition of Versification in Old English·a wide-ranging essay on the nature of poetic tradition.

Author Biography:

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Release date Australia
June 6th, 2023
Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Contributor
  • Edited by Peter Grybauskas
Illustrations
4 b/w, 1 col illus
Pages
208
Dimensions
149x228x30
ISBN-13
9780008465827
Product ID
36073160

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