A Scandal in Toronto: "The Dating of "Beowulf" " a Quarter Century On

  title={A Scandal in Toronto: "The Dating of "Beowulf" " a Quarter Century On},
  author={Roberta Frank},
  pages={843 - 864}
  • R. Frank
  • Published 1 October 2007
  • Linguistics
  • Speculum
"That which has been believed by everyone, always, and everywhere," wrote Valery, "is almost certain to be false. "1 Way back then, when glaciers were glaciers, we knew the date of Beowulf. In 1928 W. W. Lawrence confirmed that "the com monly accepted dating in the age of Bede remains unshaken."2 In 1936 J. R. R. Tolkien, in his famous British Academy lecture, agreed: "I accept without argu ment . . . the attribution of Beowulf to the 'age of Bede.' "3 His Oxford lecture notes are equally… 

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