The Books of Lost Tales: Tolkien as Metafictionist

  title={The Books of Lost Tales: Tolkien as Metafictionist},
  author={Vladimir Brljak},
  journal={Tolkien Studies},
  pages={1 - 34}
When new Beowulf was already antiquarian, in a good sense, and it now produces a singular effect. For it is now to us itself ancient; and yet its maker was telling of things already old and weighted with regret, and he expended his art in making keen that touch upon the heart which sorrows have that are both poignant and remote. If the funeral of Beowulf moved once like the echo of an ancient dirge, far-off and hopeless, it is to us as a memory brought over the hills, an echo of an echo. (MC 33… 
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