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 life of heroism in a depressing international of feuds, violence, and uncertainty. Set within the mythical Scandinavian previous, Beowulf involves assistance from the Danish king Hrothgar via killing the terrifying monster Grendel and its vengeful mom. a life-time later, Beowulf courageously prepares for one more nice conflict while a fiery dragon threatens his personal country. This acclaimed translation features a severe advent, an entire index of names, and broad notes.

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Its hero Grettir fights two trollsthough here the first is female, and the second male, reversing the order of Beowulf's encounters with Grendel and his motherand there are a number of very striking similarities of detail, such as the ripping off of the monster's arm, and the hero's descent into an underwater lair. However, the likelihood that the depiction of Beowulf in the poem may be derived from earlier folk-tales is applicable also to Grettir and his saga, so that a definite relationship between saga and poem is hard to formulate.

So did they cross the sea; their journey was at its end. Then the Geats disembarked, lost no time in tying up the boattheir corslets clanked; the warriors gave thanks to God for their safe passage over the sea. Then, on the cliff-top, the Danish watchman (whose duty it was to stand guard by the shore) saw that the Geats carried flashing shields and gleaming war-gear down the gangway, and his mind was fiddled with curiosity. Then Hrothgar's thane leaped onto his horse and, brandishing a spear, galloped down to the shore; there, he asked at once: 'Warriors!

Studies on Beowulf There has been an enormous amount written on Beowulf. The best guide to the scholarship on the poem is: R. E. Bjork and J. D. ), A Beowulf Handbook (Exeter, 1996), a collection of short essays surveying the history of various aspects of Beowulf scholarship (metre, history, gender roles, sources, and so on) followed by chronological bibliographies. This is a very valuable tool for further reading on the poem. Other useful bibliographical aids are: S. B. Greenfield and F. C. Robinson, A Bibliography of Publications on Old English Literature to the End of 1972 (Toronto, 1980), and the annual bibliographies published in the journal Anglo-Saxon England.

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