Orchard is the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, the same position held by Tolkien from from 1925 to 1945....Orchard's interested, of course, in that he has his own translation he'd like you to buy. There's an excerpt at the link.
Orchard calls the published version of Beowulf by Tolkien “a horrible, horrible, horrible translation” one that the English scholar never imagined would be published. The translation was made by Tolkien in the 1920s and intended it to be “crib notes” that was to be used by students he was teaching at Oxford.... Still, this edition of Beowulf, which was posthumously published over forty years after Tolkien’s death, is very valuable to scholars according to Orchard. He calls the end notes offered with the text “brilliant” and something that can be very useful to those who are studying the poem.
Tolkien's Beowulf: Not A Good Translation?
A scholar named Andy Orchard says that Tolkien's Beowulf was probably never meant to be published:
By Grim on Monday, November 16, 2015