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The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics) Paperback – July 29, 2008
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Michael Alexander is Professor of English at the University of St Andrews, and translator/editor of Beowulf: A Verse Translation and Beowulf: A Glossed Text, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment and The Earliest English Poems.
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It turns out, for those of us who are addicted to J.R.R. Tolkien, that a riddle game was a very common thing for those who didn't want to sit around the campfire and listen to a recitation of Beowulf again. This is certainly where Tolkien got the idea for Gollum's riddle game.
Most of the material was contemporary with the writing of Beowulf. It shows us love poetry and alternative epics.