J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of 'Beowulf' to be published in May -- BY MARGARET EBY -- “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of the epic poem “Beowulf” will soon be available in bookstores. HarperCollins announced that they would publish Tolkien’s 88-year-old translation along with notes he made. Tolkien’s son, Christopher, is editing the book.