Let us see...I’m a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien, English Dark Age history, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and dragonslayer legends...
I suppose the only real surprise is that I didn’t pre-order Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, which is released in the UK today.
There are two reasons for this. I almost never pre-order anything and only do so if I think there is going to be a limited supply. There is no danger of that in this case. More importantly, I would rather support my local bookseller. Thankfully, Oxford has several good bookshops, and I would like to help ensure that they remain.
Plus, buying Tolkien’s Beowulf in a Oxford bookstore just seems right doesn’t it?
I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be able to make it into town to pick up a copy, but I suspect it won’t be long.