Most famous of all is On Fairy-Stories, a discussion of the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy, which gives insight into Tolkien's approach to the whole genre.
The pieces in this collection cover a period of nearly thirty years, beginning six years before the publication of The Hobbit, with a unique 'academic' lecture on his invention (calling it A Secret Vice) and concluding with his farewell to professorship, five years after the publication of The Lord of the Rings.
Hrothgar is astonished at the little-known hero’s daring but welcomes him, and, after an evening of feasting, much courtesy, and some discourtesy, the king retires, leaving Beowulf in charge.
During the night Grendel comes from the moors, tears open the heavy doors, and devours one of the sleeping Geats.
Tolkien argues that rather than being merely extraneous, these elements are key to the narrative and should be the focus of study.
The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays is a collection of J. The book also contains a foreword by Christopher Tolkien.
In the morning Beowulf seeks her out in her cave at the bottom of a mere and kills her.
He cuts the head from Grendel’s corpse and returns to Heorot. Hrothgar makes a farewell speech about the character of the true hero, as Beowulf, enriched with honours and princely gifts, returns home to King Hygelac of the Geats.
the nineteen-twenties, there were probably few people better qualified to translate “Beowulf” than J. Beowulf is a prince of the Geats, a tribe living in what is now southern Sweden. Each of his hands has a grip equal to that of thirty men.
He loved “Beowulf” and would declaim passages of it to the private literary club that he had founded with his schoolmates. It is a thrill.“Beowulf” was most likely written in Britain—by whom, we don’t know—in around the eighth century. Some scholars put it later.) The plot is simple and exalted.