First, though the Sunday Times calls it a "discovery," I'm a little uncomfortable with the term, since the material was right there in the Bodleian the whole time. The Bodleian's librarians and Christopher Tolkien certainly knew what it was. Second, there is almost no way I can see the Beowulf translations being published in 2003. While I've already done a lot of work on the translations (and they are pretty "clean" manuscripts, anyway), I really have to finish the volume of commentaries before I can publish the translations, since the commentaries explain the translations and I need to be clear in my own mind about Tolkien's intent before I make major editing decisions. I think I unintentionally confused the reporter when I said that I would probably be done with the translations at the end of the summer. That's true as far as it goes, but being done won't be enough, unfortunately....
All that said, the Beowulf translation is great and lovers of Tolkien will love it.
Summary: This sucks
Why did I do this? Why, when I saw this film on the video rental wall, did I hope that it would be another 13th Warrior? All I did was set myself up for disappointment. This movie is terrible. Don't rent it, don't watch it, ignore it. When was this thing released, anyway? I see it says 1999, but it was never released in the US. I don't even know when the video release was. Should have kept this one overseas...
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