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From the beginning Beowulf does not follow the traditional model of an epic It starts with the story of Scyld Scefing an old Danish king From here the story traces the lineage of the Danish royal family until it reaches the reign of the current king Hrothgar After giving a little background information on the state of the empire the story turns to its first major conflict the construction and desecration of the mead hall Heorot In order to show the power of his empire Hrothgar decides to build a magnificent mead hall named Heorot This angers the first antagonist Grendel Grendel is described as the son of Cain himself and is truly the epitome of all that is despicable One could go so far as to say he truly made of evil and darkness It is here that Beowulf enters the story Beowulf is a Geatish hero who decides to come to the aid of Hrothgar After he vanquishes the beast Beowulf must contend with an even more nefarious forceGrendels mother Grendels mother is never given a name She is given the barest of descriptions and one can only imagine the evil a creature would have contain in itself to create a beast such as Grendel She is truly one of Beowulfs most challenging fights The third and final battle Beowulf must fight is that of the dragon This last fight is truly the pinnacle of the legendBeowulf is an epic As such many believe it is far too dense to be read for pleasure Nye solves this problem in his poetic adaptation of Beowulf While keeping almost all of the plot details he makes sure to keep his vocabulary simple and easy to understand He edits out parts of the novel that have little to no influence on the overall plot and most importantly he lays the poem out in the form of a novel Spanning just 112 pages Nyes edition is an
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