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Beowulf

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Beowulf. [Translated by Francis Barton Gummere].This is a short but beautiful book, and the Gummere translation really captures the feel of the Old English. Beowulf tells the story of a mysterious young warrior who saves the Spear-Danes from the terrible monster Grendel and his venomous mother. Long a mainstay of English Literature 101 courses at universities around the world, it is not only one of the oldest, but one of the most exciting English folktales ever invented. Summary by Caeristhiona

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BEOWULF

By Anonymous

Translated by Gummere

BEOWULF

PRELUDE OF THE FOUNDER OF THE DANISH HOUSE

LO, praise of the prowess of people kings of spear armed Danes, in days long sped, we have heard, and what honor the athelings won! Oft Scyld the Scefing from squadroned foes, from many a tribe, the mead bench tore, awing the earls. Since erst he lay friendless, a foundling, fate repaid him: for he waxed under welkin, in wealth he throve, till before him the folk, both far and near, who house by the whale path, heard his mandate, gave him gifts: a good king he! To him an heir was afterward born, a son in his halls, whom heaven sent to favor the folk, feeling their woe that erst they had lacked an earl for leader so long a while; the Lord endowed him, the Wielder of Wonder, with world's renown. Famed was this Beowulf: {0a} far flew the boast of him, son of Scyld, in the Scandian lands. So becomes it a youth to quit him well with his father's friends, by fee and gift, that to aid him, aged, in after days, come warriors willing, should war draw nigh, liegemen loyal: by lauded deeds shall an earl have honor in every clan... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 6, 2013
Subject: bigs
With all due respect to those wonderful people who donate their time creativity I simply ask that the readers skills be matched with the book being read. A first time reader should not, in my opinion, be given a book such as "Paradise Lost' or "Crime and Punishment" to start out on. Please evaluate the reader's strengths and weaknesses and proscribe from there.
Reviewer: - September 8, 2013
Subject: good book
Good book--Love this and other reading based on anchent poems and storys.
Reviewer: - July 11, 2013
Subject: Good Reading but....
In chapter two, is that a bird chirping in the background? It was very distracting lol.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
I personally struggled to understand this book due to the language.


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