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Holy Maidenhood

Excerpt from "Holy Maidenhood".

"Holy Maidenhood" is a review by J.R.R. Tolkien of the E.E.T.S. edition of Hali Meidenhad: An Alliterative Prose Homily of the Thirteenth Century edited by F.J. Furnivall.

The review was published on 26 April 1923 in The Times Literary Supplement.[1][2]

On June 28 2017, an edited version of Tolkien's review (now entitled "In her maiden bliss") was published online in The Times Literary Supplement, appearing in the print version of the magazine on 30 June 2017 (page 34).[3]


  1. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 121
  2. "Times Literary Supplement. 1923", (accessed 28 March 2014)
  3. (accessed=29 June 2017)