Concerning “Beowulf: The Monsters & the Critics” – Pt 3


We look down as if from a visionary height upon the house of man in the valley of the world. A light starts . . . and there is a sound of music; but the outer darkness and its hostile offspring lie ever in wait for the torches to fail and the voices to cease. (33)


This is the third part in a series on Tolkien’s essay “Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics.” You can find all of my posts about this essay under Concerning Tolkien’s Works here.

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Concerning “Beowulf: The Monsters & the Critics” – Pt 2


“For myth is alive at once and in all its parts, and dies before it can be dissected.” (15)


This is the second part in a series on Tolkien’s essay “Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics.” You can find all of my posts about this essay under Concerning Tolkien’s Works here.

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Concerning “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” – Part 1


And even the man’s own descendants . . . were heard to murmur: ‘He is such an odd fellow! Imagine his using these old stones just to build a nonsensical tower! . . . ‘ But from the top of that tower the man had been able to look out upon the sea. (8)


This is the first part in a series on Tolkien’s essay “Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics.” You can find all of my posts about this series under Concerning Tolkien’s Works here.

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