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Anglo-Saxon Legend: Beowulf

We know not who wrote the epic 3,182 line Anglo-Saxon poem; Beowulf, written in Old English.

The Beowulf story is set within a warrior society, a blood-curdling tale of gore and brutality, about a hero governed by duty, honour and bravery.  357 more words


'Smearing a Hero' (2012)

Reely Smart People don’t believe anyone can be good, so they make and patronize movies in which all the characters are rotten. That makes them even Smarter.


Pop Culture

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary was released in 2014. It contains a translation of the poem Beowulf (dating back more than a 100 years) from Old English to Modern English together with an extensive commentary. 376 more words


Fantasy Reads - `Grendel'

As winter bites I’m recommending a dark book for a dark time of year – “Grendel” by John Gardner. My previous choice (“Black Ships”) was a novel based on an epic poem in Latin (Virgil’s “Aeneid”) retold from a woman’s point of view; this time I’ve gone for a novel based on the great Anglo-Saxon poem “Beowulf” (see my Fantasy Reads post of June 2014) told from a monster’s point of view. 1,164 more words

Book Reviews

Beowulf 3

  1. Is the dragon a greater or lesser threat than Grendel?
  2. What differences do you find between Beowulf’s fight with the dragon and his earlier encounters with Grendel and Grendel’s mother?
Anglo Saxons

Beowulf: Religion Part III

After the dragon began to wreak havoc on Beowulf’s kingdom, there is another brief comment concerning religion which we must take note of: “The wise men thought he must have thwarted ancient ordinance of the eternal Lord, broken His commandment.” This is Job’s counselors, Geat edition. 178 more words


Beowulf Summary: Lines 1914–2509

A brief summary of the action from 1914 through line 2509 follows.

1914–1931 Return home; introduction of Queen Hygd
1931–1962 The evil and reform of Queen Modthryth… 205 more words