J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Beowulf’ Translation to Be Published

By Maryann Yin 

TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien‘s translation Beowulf will be published a full-fledged book entitled Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary. The Guardian reports that The Lord of the Rings series author (pictured, via) completed his translation back in 1926.

Additional content within the book includes some of Tolkien’s lectures on the Old English poem. Tolkien’s son, Christopher, will serve as the editor of this project.

According to The Bookseller, HarperCollins has the UK rights and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired the US rights. The publishers aim to release the finished hardcover book in May 2014.

Fantasy fans now have two Tolkien projects to look forward to in 2014. There and Back Again, the final installment of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit film trilogy, hits theaters on December 17, 2014.