Beowulf by Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland

By Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland

The best literary paintings handed right down to us from Anglo-Saxon occasions, Beowulf celebrates the life of heroism in a dismal global of feuds, violence, and uncertainty. Set within the mythical Scandinavian prior, Beowulf involves the help of the Danish king Hrothgar by way of 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 encompasses a serious creation, an entire index of names, and huge notes.

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C. Robinson) by leading scholars in the field. Hamer, Richard, A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse (London, 1970): most of the most celebrated Anglo-Saxon short poems, with a parallel verse translation on each facing page. Mitchell, Bruce, An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford, 1995): both a user-friendly guide to learning the Old English language, and a wide-ranging and engaging introduction to Old English literature and AngloSaxon culture. html2010-9-9 20:31:01 next page > page_xxxiii < previous page page_xxxiii next page > Page xxxiii C.

New York, 1957), A. B. , 1960), and J. M. , 1991) all put Beowulf in the context of oral epic poetry. Related Texts and Analogues The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, trans, and ed. Michael Swanton (London, 1996). Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, trans. Bertram Colgrave, ed. Judith McClure and Roger Collins (Oxford, 1994). Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, trans. V. E. Watts (Harmonds-worth, 1969). Garmonsway, G. , Beowulf and its Analogues (London, 1968), an invaluable collection of translations of many texts related to Beowulf.

H. Mattingly, rev. S. A. Handford (Harmondsworth, 1970). Völsunga saga, trans. Jesse Byock (Enfield, 1993). Widsith: A Study in Old English Heroic Legend, R. W. Chambers (Cambridge, 1912). html2010-9-9 20:31:01 next page > page_xxxiv < previous page page_xxxiv next page > Page xxxiv Websites A complete digital facsimile of the Beowulf manuscript is a forth-coming electronic publication of the British Library. html2010-9-9 20:31:02 next page > page_xxxv < previous page page_xxxv next page > Page xxxv Time Chart Though Beowulf is timeless, drawing material from the wealth of Anglo-Saxon culture and from many countries, the time chart sets the poem in a historical perspective.

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