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Win a Copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Beowulf’!

beowulf tolkienEver since it was announced, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien have been buzzing about the upcoming publication of Tolkien’s translation of the epic poem Beowulf. It didn’t take long for the not-yet-released Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary to climb to the top of Kindle’s epic poetry Best Seller list.

Our readers wanted to know: “Will it be in alliterative verse?” “Are the ‘commentaries’ new, or are they the same essays found in Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics“?

Luckily, the wait will soon be over! The book will be published in the United States on May 22 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Even more luckily, one Middle-earth News reader will be able to win a free copy!

How To Win

All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment on this article explaining why you need Tolkien’s Beowulf in 25 words or less.

  • Only one winner will be chosen.
  • Only one comment per reader will be accepted.
  • Comments with profanity will not be eligible and will be removed.
  • Comments must be 25 words or less to be eligible.
  • Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 22.

The winning comment will be chosen by the Middle-earth News staff and will be announced on Friday, May 23.

Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for making this giveaway possible!


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  1. One Beowulf to Rule them All. ‘Nuff said.

  2. I need nothing but my lord. But the creations he gifts us to forge bring me delight.

  3. Beowulf in itself is a fantastical story of epic proportions; coupling it with the prowess of Tolkien only makes things better!

  4. I read the translation by Seamus Heaney and just didn’t get it, but did really appreciate Finn and Hengest: The Fragment and the Episode.

  5. I have to compare Lord of the Rings’ Rohan to it’s origin and Tolkiens’ take on his own inspiration!

  6. With the burgeoning interest in genealogy, his translation of “Beowulf,” based on real people, is well-timed. “Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

  7. Stacy Perry says:

    So my son can read and study it. Of course, I would need to read it too 😉

  8. Tolkien was so greatly influenced by Beowulf, I would love to experience his translation and personal thoughts on the epic.

  9. Tolkien opened my imagination when he wrote the Lord of the Rings. Now I’m obsessed, and must have that one gem which inspired him. Beowulf!

  10. Charlynn Fields says:

    just finished The Silmarillion, but I’ve never read the classics. I’m listening to Richard Armitage read Hamlet and would be thrilled to read Tolkien’s Beowulf.

  11. I would love to see Tolkien’s personal take on one of things that influenced his works greatly. 🙂

  12. zena ghosn says:

    I am teaching Beowulf at school this week and I would like to show them this awesome edition. They will be thrilled.

  13. Love Hobbit book.My precious.As Gandalf would say “You shall not pass”

  14. Clarissa Benedet says:

    I want to see how all of this started, I want to go back to the ‘origins’ and know Tolkien’s inspiration through his own words.

  15. I NEED MORE BOOKS!!!! 😉

  16. I do not know whence it will reach my side of the Earth and will thus be in deep joy to win this masterpiece!

  17. Because it glimpses the cosmic and moves with the thought of all men concerning the fate of human life and efforts.

  18. Thadeu Muller says:

    I need this copy cause in my country I need to wait 1 year to be released

  19. One cannot simply find a free Beowulf book for one so powerful.
    One book to bring them, and in the shadow Bind them.

  20. Sarah Hashmi says:

    Because of what everyone said below me and because I live in Pakistan and Beowulf would not come to Pakistan for a long time!

  21. I never liked Beowulf in school…but Tolkien’s version has to be better! I would love to learn to appreciate the classic better.

  22. I have a group of LOTR fan friends, and would share it with all of them.

  23. Francisco says:

    I love Middle Earth and Tolkien’s books, that were inpired on Beowulf.

  24. Tolkien’s books always inspired me to creativity and helped to overcome the difficulties. I would love to get Beowulf and read it with my friends.

  25. Tolkien’s world is magic
    and original Beowulf a treat
    merging both with harmony
    would be pretty sweet
    Please consider my offering
    Release me from suffering


  26. I am twelve years old and fascinated by Tolkien. I enjoyed similarities when I first read Beowulf and would love to experience them further.

  27. Gonzalo Vazquez says:

    From the ashes a book shall be written, a light from the author will be seen, renewed shall be readers and burglars, Beowulf at last we will read.

  28. Thad Whithed says:

    I’d love to check this out. Enjoyed Beowulf 25 years ago, & have been meaning to read it again, might as well be the Tolkien version!

  29. Any news yet? 🙂

  30. ^ Exactly what I was going to say! 😉 The day only lasts a few more hours. I’m anxiously waiting for the results! Congrats to the future winner. There are some great comments on here. 🙂