Beowulf by Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland

By Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland

The best literary paintings handed all the way down to us from Anglo-Saxon occasions, Beowulf celebrates the lifestyles of heroism in a depressing international of feuds, violence, and uncertainty. Set within the mythical Scandinavian prior, Beowulf involves the help of the Danish king Hrothgar by way of killing the terrifying monster Grendel and its vengeful mom. an entire life later, Beowulf courageously prepares for an additional nice conflict while a fiery dragon threatens his personal country. This acclaimed translation incorporates a severe creation, an entire index of names, and huge notes.

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I've been a coastguard here for many years, kept watch by the sea, so that no enemy band should encroach upon this Danish land and do us injury. Never have warriors, carrying their shields, come to this country in a more open manner. html2010-9-9 20:31:05 next page > page_10 < previous page page_10 next page > Page 10 [246277] Nor were you assured of my leaders' approval, my kinsmen's consent. I've never set eyes on a more noble man, a warrior in armour, than one among your band; he's no mere retainer, so ennobled by his weapons.

Ker, Epic and Romance (London 1908; repr. New York, 1957), A. B. , 1960), and J. M. , 1991) all put Beowulf in the context of oral epic poetry. Related Texts and Analogues The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, trans, and ed. Michael Swanton (London, 1996). Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, trans. Bertram Colgrave, ed. Judith McClure and Roger Collins (Oxford, 1994). Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, trans. V. E. Watts (Harmonds-worth, 1969). Garmonsway, G. , Beowulf and its Analogues (London, 1968), an invaluable collection of translations of many texts related to Beowulf.

Scyld Scefing* often deprived his enemies, many tribes of men, of their mead-benches. He terrified his foes; yet he, as a boy, had been found a waif; fate made amends for that. He prospered under heaven, won praise and honour, until the men of every neighbouring tribe, across the whale's way, were obliged to obey him and pay him tribute. He was a noble king! Then a son was born to him, a child in the court, sent by God to comfort the Danes; for He had seen their dire distress, that once they suffered hardship for a long while, lacking a lord; and the Lord of Life, King of Heaven, granted this boy glory; Beow* was renownedthe name of Scyld's son became known throughout the Norse lands.

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