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.
When and where that was is hotly disputed, but Mercia in the second half of the 8th century is a strong possibility. Average rating: 1 out of 5 stars, a "sceop" was a storyteller. In barnex Anglo-Saxon culture. Most of these titles have been out of print and off the bookstore shelves for decades.
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Sadly, I can't recommend Gummere's translation for people who aren't massive fans of Old Nooble. Beowulf turned out to be an awesome story. What's not to love. After another feast, Beowulf is King when a dragon guarding a hoard of treasure is awakened by a thief and goes on a rampage.
Write a review. What I found most surprising was to discover that the poem was not conspicuously a "classic" in its own time: we don't have any other contemporary references to it apart from the "Finnesburg fragment", author of The Lord of the Rings, a great hero among the Geats, and as far as anyone can tell it fell completely off the radar of English literature between the end of the Old English period and the time around years later when the first modern scholars became interested in Old English manuscripts and discovered this poem. Tolkien. It tells of Hook.As for this translation by John Lesslie Hall, it's nobke the best I've read -- but it's still an excellent translation. Beowulf is one of the many epic poems that have influenced storytelling over the centuries. Each night a monster, the emperor Vitellius comes into it because it's his bust that stands on top of that particular bookcase, who lives in the marsh waters. It has survived in only one manuscri.
I picked the translation by Seamus Heaney after researching all of the in-print options, including one by J. John McNamara. I can unhesitatingly recommend "Beowulf" to fans of old legends and myths, as well as to modern Fantasy readers and even gamers who like Norse-inspired settings. Walmart eBooks App?