Beowulf – A Book Review

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Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel’s mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon.

This translation is WONDERFUL if you decide to read it. Read the one by Seamus Heaney. If your American, it’s pronounced: SHam-us.

This story is rather entertaining. It is an epic, which is a poem, that was usually told not in book form, but by mouth. So the audiobook should be good, but reading this aloud to yourself should be worth it. If you have a mom or are one, that loves to read aloud to your children, if your children were above the age of twelve, I think you would have much success. Especially if you are or have boys.

Meet the Characters:

Beowulf: A hero, who even before battling Grendel, has done great and heroic deeds.

Grendel: A dragon that terrorizes the Scandinavians.

Grendel’s Mother: Who attempts to avenge her son’s death.

I hope you decide to read this book. If this review is not enough incentive, J.R.R. Tolkien, translated, and loved this tale very much. And he is one of the reasons this book is still around today.

 

Heippa – Wysteria

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