Tolkien's Beowulf and the Critics

9 October 2018 6.00pm 7.00pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Professor Andy Orchard, Pembroke College


Weston Library Information Desk - 01865 277094


Tolkien's academic identity was forged and founded in Oxford, where for twenty years he was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon. Throughout that period, which saw the writing of The Hobbit and the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings, he lectured repeatedly on Beowulf, on which he also gave to the British Academy perhaps his most influential lecture, ‘Beowulf, the Monsters, and the Critics’.

Tolkien completed a translation of Beowulf as early as 1926, but it underwent continuous revision, and a full version finally appeared in 2014. This lecture will explore the complex relationship between Tolkien and Beowulf, as it developed and was reflected both in his scholarship and in his fiction.

Tickets include entry to the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition; there is no need to book a separate exhibition ticket for the evening. The exhibition gallery will open at 5.30pm and will close at 8.15pm.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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