In 1936, J.R.R. Tolkien found "Beowulf". This was before he wrote his famous Hobbit stories. He was an Oxford Scholar when he wrote "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics". His manuscript brought the epic poem out of the dust and made it a work of art. Before that, it survived a fire and over a thousand years of … [Read more...] about Beowulf
Seamus Heaney, (1939 – 2013) a Nobel Prize winning, Harvard University professor, published the newest translation of Beowulf in 2000. It was referred to as "Heaneywulf" by some. Heaney was an Irish poet. He was also a playwright and a lecturer. But, it was in his capacity as a translator that he worked his magic on Beowulf. As a professor of poetry at Oxford in 1996, he would have had ready access to the manuscript. After a fall at the age of 74, he fell ill and died. Heaney is buried in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Ireland, at the Cemetery of St. Mary's Church. On his tombstone are the words, "Walk on Air Against Your Better Judgment."