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By Ruth A. Johnston

ISBN-10: 031333224X

ISBN-13: 9780313332241

Perhaps an important paintings written in outdated English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very diverse from ours, and but its tale of conflict, violence, and heroism continues to be correct to fashionable readers. obtainable to school scholars, normal readers, and undergraduates, this better half overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters assessment the plot of Beowulf , whereas later chapters talk about its variety and language, its cultural and ancient contexts, and its afterlife in modern well known culture.

The first a part of the ebook offers info of curiosity to quite a lot of readers, whereas the second one covers extra really good themes. therefore the preliminary chapters overview the advantages of alternative translations and supply a close plot precis, whereas later chapters talk about the poem's language and elegance, its therapy of faith, its relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition, and its legacy in pop culture. one of many maximum Beowulf students used to be J.R.R. Tolkien, and the publication offers specific realization to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers will locate this e-book a invaluable consultant to at least one of the main demanding but enduring works of English literature.

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Lines 90-100 describe how Hrothgar's court poet, or "scop" (shop) in Old English, often sings of God's Creation. It is clearly meant to be the creation story of Genesis, not the Norse myth that creation was through a giant and a huge cow. But lines 170—185 describe Hrothgar's despair at Grendel's incessant attacks, and Hrothgar is clearly shown permitting and perhaps joining in pagan worship. The narrator calls the object of this worship "the soulslayer," meaning the devil. " It is clear, first, that in a factual sense, Hrothgar is a pagan, and that the narrator of Beowulf knows this.

Overall, it was more finely made and richer than anyone believed possible, with the remains of an exquisitely decorated helmet and other weapons. Books showing the Sutton Hoo treasure may be as close as we can get to historical illustrations of Scyld' treasure. THE HERO COMES TO DENMARK 27 ROYAL FAMILY TREES Three royal family trees: Danish, Geatish, and Swedish. The Scyldings Using other Germanic sources, scholars have put together a tentative history of the Scyldings. Beowulfremains our most detailed source, but some other poems and stories from other times and places can support or modify what we have.

She is attentive to court politics and is careful to reward friends richly. WEALHTHEOW: Nephew to King of the Geats (Hygelac). He is probably around twenty years old and eager to use his strength to combat evil and BEOWULF: 24 2ANION TO BEOWULF win fame. Although he is very close to his uncle's family, he must venture out and accomplish something on his own before he can inherit an estate. As a young teenager he may have been impulsive in showing off his strength, but now he shows a steady purpose and unwavering courage.

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