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Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Together with Sellic Spell

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Together with Sellic Spell


作者  /  J. R. R. Tolkien

譯者  /  Christopher Tolkien/ Ed.

出版社 / HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD.

出版日期 / 2015/05/21

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$605

售價 / 79折, NT$ 478

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托爾金的書迷引頸期盼,由托爾金之子Christopher編輯與出版,以饗讀者。──Publishers Weekly

貝奧武夫是一個輝煌和令人難以忘懷的神話。托爾金將其成為小說,也是一首長的敘事詩,永遠的深刻。 - 華爾街日報

托爾金本職是盎格魯撒克遜語的教授,這是他整天思考的內容。這些專業知識在寫作中反映出來也是自然而然的。托爾金從中獲得很多素材,尤其是從古至今僅存的盎格魯撒克遜詩歌中,《貝爾武夫》是其中最為知名的例子。翻譯了用古英文寫成的中世紀神話《貝爾武夫》,這部作品對他後來撰寫《魔戒》小說系列很有啟發。如今再由其子Christopher編輯與出版,十分費時費力,不但整理譯文,也完整呈現托爾金逐行闡釋貝爾武夫的評論。

J.R.R. TOLKIEN(1892-1973)創造了經典The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion.和作品中的哈比人,成就了托爾金「現代魔幻文學之父」之名。

The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication.

This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book.

From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.

But the commentary in this book includes also much from those lectures in which, while always anchored in the text, he expressed his wider perceptions. He looks closely at the dragon that would slay Beowulf ‘snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup’; but he rebuts the notion that this is ‘a mere treasure story’, ‘just another dragon tale’. He turns to the lines that tell of the burying of the golden things long ago, and observes that it is ‘the feeling for the treasure itself, this sad history’ that raises it to another level. ‘The whole thing is sombre, tragic, sinister, curiously real. The “treasure” is not just some lucky wealth that will enable the finder to have a good time, or marry the princess. It is laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination.’

Sellic Spell, a ‘marvellous tale’, is a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the ‘historical legends’ of the Northern kingdoms.







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誠品26碼 /2681198083006
ISBN 13 /9780008116583
ISBN 10 /000811658X
EAN /9780008116583

頁數448
尺寸23.4X15.5X3.5CM
裝訂平裝
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語言英文
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