A Companion to Beowulf by Ruth A. Johnston

By Ruth A. Johnston

Perhaps crucial paintings written in outdated English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very assorted from ours, and but its tale of warfare, violence, and heroism is still correct to fashionable readers. obtainable to school scholars, normal readers, and undergraduates, this spouse overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters overview the plot of Beowulf , whereas later chapters speak about its kind and language, its cultural and historic contexts, and its afterlife in modern renowned culture.

The first a part of the publication presents details of curiosity to a variety of readers, whereas the second one covers extra really good issues. hence the preliminary chapters assessment the benefits of other translations and provide a close plot precis, whereas later chapters speak about the poem's language and magnificence, its remedy of faith, its relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition, and its legacy in pop culture. one of many maximum Beowulf students used to be J.R.R. Tolkien, and the e-book supplies unique cognizance to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers will locate this publication a worthy consultant to at least one of the main tough but enduring works of English literature.

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Old English Studies in Honour of John C. Pope. Toronto: University of T o r o n t o Press, 1974. Chambers, R . W . Beowulf: An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the Stories of Offa and Finn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1958. Clark, George. Beowulf. Boston: Twayne, 1990. , ed. Old English Poetry: Fifteen Essays. Providence, R I : Brown U n i versity Press, 1967. , ed. The Beowulf Poet: A Collection of Critical Essays. , 1968. ") Fulk, R . D . Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology.

However, it is not necessary to suggest altered lines. While the narrator knows that Hrothgar is a pagan, he admires him and wants us to see that there are Christian virtues in him. He is a noble king and a noble pagan. There are poetic versions of Genesis in Old English, and it is likely that these versions were recited in Christian Anglo-Saxon courts, where stories of Woden and Thor were no longer welcome. The narrator of Beowulf wishes us to imagine a court where all are noble and all things are done in a civilized, orderly manner.

Beowulf also states his intention to fight Grendel without weapons. This statement was probably shocking to the audience of the poem, as well as to those characters who hear Beowulf utter the words. " They think of something that could not possibly work. Then a character says, "It is just crazy enough, it might work. " Beowulf seems to be in this position. Many heroes have stood up to Grendel before, and, as Hrothgar says, many strong men have boasted that they would stand up to Grendel with swords.

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