The man whose name was known for courage, the Geat leader, resolute in his helmet, answered in return: ‘We are retainers from Hygelac’s band. Beowulf is my name. If your lord and master, the most renowned son of Halfdane, will hear me out and graciously allow me to greet him in person, I am ready and willing to report my errand.’
That is from the much beloved Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf. And Saturday May 24th Middle-earth Network and The Tolkien Society are celebrating Professor Tolkien’s translation of the celebrated Anglo-Saxon tale.
Join us and we will be happy there the whole day long and enjoy our time until another night descends upon us. [sic]
Because how many times in history has anyone said, “Beowulf Launch Party”?