Beowulf

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 100 pages
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Dating from between the 8th and 11th century Beowulf is the oldest known English epic poem. Beowulf is a narrative poem about the kings and heroes of Denmark and Geatland. It is a story of mythic creatures and medieval battles between men and monsters. Follow the adventures of Beowulf, the story's title character, as he battles the Grendel, the Grendel's mother, and a dragon. As you read imagine yourself in one of the taverns or royal courts of Old England hearing the great epic Beowulf, for the first time as you might well have then. Passed down by oral tradition Beowulf's author is to this day unknown. The original manuscript was written in Anglo-Saxon or Old English. Presented here is the faithful translation of Francis B. Gummere.

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User Review  - jrissman - LibraryThing

"Beowulf" is an old English poem written some time between the 8th and 11th centuries. It tells of Beowulf, a great hero among the Geats, who travels to assist the Danish king Hrothgar in defeating a ... Read full review

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User Review  - jenspirko - LibraryThing

I'm not a fan of Heaney's workmanlike translation, which lacks lyrical power. His use of archaic Celtic words to translate archaic Anglo-Saxon words seems like a form of cheating -- and does not aid either comprehension nor poetic effect. Read full review

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