Barnes & Noble ClassicsWidely regarded as the first true masterpiece of English literature, Beowulf describes the thrilling adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Its lyric intensity and imaginative vitality are unparalleled, and the poem has greatly influenced many important modern novelists and poets, most notably J. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. Part history and part mythology, Beowulf opens in the court of the Danish king where a horrible demon named Grendel devours men in their sleep every night. Ultimately triumphant, Beowulf becomes king himself and rules peacefully for fifty years until, one dark day, a foe more powerful than any he has yet faced is aroused—an ancient dragon guarding a horde of treasure.
Barnes and Noble Classics: Beowulf (2005, Paperback)
This version is a translation by Lesslie Hall. Add to Wishlist. Only so much can be said about Beowulf that hasn't already been heard, and I am not one to do it. This story is very Tolkien-ish probably because a scene in Beowulf forms the backbone of the story of Smaug in The Hobbit.
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Well-versed Biblical students may even notice npble between Beowulf and warriors in the Bible. One of the Geats is killed before the monster and Beowulf battle hand-to-hand which ends with Beowulf ripping off Grendel's arm. Write a Review! Heaney relies on some of the old Irish dialect for some of the words, and they end up being just as clear as if they weren't translated at all.
I chose the translation by renowned poet Seamus Heaney. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es! AmazonClassics Edition. I love Heaney's translation, but for me!