The Monsters and the Critics
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|The Monsters and the Critics|
Dustwrapper of first edition
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien|
|Country||United Kingdom, United States|
|Publisher||George Allen & Unwin, Houghton Mifflin|
|Dewey Decimal||820/.9 19|
|LC Class||PE27 .T65 1983|
The essays are:
- "Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics" looks at Beowulf.
- "On Translating Beowulf" looks at translating Anglo-Saxon.
- "On Fairy-Stories," the 1939 Andrew Lang lecture at St Andew's University, is a defence of the fantasy genre.
- "A Secret Vice" talks about creating imaginary languages, giving background to Tolkien's Quenya and Sindarin.
- "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is a study of the medieval poem of the same name.
- "English and Welsh," the inaugural O'Donnell Memorial Lecture (1955), is a survey of the historical relationship between the two tongues, including an analysis of the word Welsh.
- "Valedictory Address to the University of Oxford", given upon his retirement in 1959.
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