The Christian coloring in the Beowulf by F.A. Blackburn The heroic age, an excerpt by H. Munro Chadwick The ideal of kingship in Beowulf by Levin L. Schücking Beowulf: the monsters and the critics by J.R.R. Tolkien The religious principle in Beowulf by Marie Padgett Hamilton Beowulf by Kemp Malone Beowulf and Christian allegory: an interpretation of Unferth by Morton W.Contents:
The Christian coloring in the Beowulf by F.A. Blackburn The heroic age, an excerpt by H. Munro Chadwick The ideal of kingship in Beowulf by Levin L. Schücking Beowulf: the monsters and the critics by J.R.R. Tolkien The religious principle in Beowulf by Marie Padgett Hamilton Beowulf by Kemp Malone Beowulf and Christian allegory: an interpretation of Unferth by Morton W. Bloomfield The doctrine of charity in mediaeval literary gardens: a topical approach through symbolism and allegory by D.W. Robertson, Jr. The oral-formulaic character of Anglo-Saxon narrative poetry by Francis p. Magoun, Jr. Beowulf and the Liturgy by Allen Cabaniss Beowulf's three great fights by H.L. Rogers Good and evil: light and darkness: joy and sorrow in Beowulf by Herbert G. Wright Sapientia et fortitudo as the controlling theme of Beowulf by R.E. Kaske Sutton Hoo and Beowulf by C.L. Wrenn Beowulf -an allegory of salvation? by M.B. McNamee The Beowulf poet by Paull F. Baum Patristics and Old English literature: notes on some poems by Morton W. Bloomfield The Christian perspective in Beowulf by Margaret E. Goldsmith...more
Hardcover, 386 pages
October 31st 1991
by University of Notre Dame Press
(first published June 1963)
I only read one essay in this anthology. But, it was Tolkien's essay on Beowulf, which is deserving of five stars. Some of the essay is specific to the time Tolkien was writing in, but overall it is a good essay that serves as a nice companion to his translation of Beowulf (it would have fit well in that book, actually). I enjoyed reading Tolkien's insights.
A collection of older criticism (1890s through about 1960), the most famous essay in this book is Tolkien's "The Monsters and the Critics." By itself, it is not necessary to track this edition down, since that has been printed elsewhere and more availably, but the other essays in this collection are erudite and if they do not reflect the most recent thinking on Beowulf, they DO demonstrate the full range of positions as they were taken during the first two-thirds of the 20th century.
The articles I read in this anthology, though somewhat dated in their interpretation, were generally very good. Beowulf is a well studied poem, and even out-of-date ideas retain relevance at least to some degree. Also, in this anthology is Tolkien's work on Beowulf, which is very much relevant today, not only for Beowulf, but for literature in general as well.