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The Risks of Beowulf to Save the Danes
Imagine you saved a group of people at risk of your life. You would be a hero right? This is what Beowulf does in Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye. Beowulf leaves his homeland of the Geats to kill the Grendel, a monster that has been terrorising the Danes in the great hall Heorot. When he faces Grendel Beowulf tear...
A Comparison of The Monster's Lair and The Battle With Grendel's Mother, Seamus Heaney's and Burton Raffel's Translations of Beowulf
Comparing Two Translations of Beowulf “The Monster’s Lair” and “The Battle with Grendel’s Mother” “The Monster’s Lair”Seamus Heaney and Burton Raffel’s translations of Beowulf are different in many ways. First of all, Burton Raffel’s translation is more straightforward and easier to understand, while Heaney’s translatio...
An Evaluation of the Book Review Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics by J.R.R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien’s review of Beowulf, “Beowulf: The Monsters and the critics” was extremely difficult to read and understand and retain. I have never had the desire to read his other works such as Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit, and now I understand why. Though I did catch the quote “It has been said of Beowulf itself th...
A Comparison of the Epic Beowulf and the Movie The 13th Warrior
Beowulf and The 13th Warrior Comparison and Contrast: Final Draft Anyone at first may perceive that a poem and a movie cannot be compared or contrasted. However, in the heroic epic Beowulf and the movie The 13th Warrior that is just not the case. Beowulf is a heroic epic that characterizes the quest of a strong...
The Reflection of the Anglo-Saxon Life and Culture in the Epic of Beowulf
Throughout the poem of Beowulf, Anglo-Saxon culture is presented in such a way that the deeds of the heroic and the loyal appear essential to the early life of early Nordic countries. Notably, the tale of Beowulf was told primarily in the 8th century and recorded in the early 10th when the pagan culture was slowly being ecl...
A Reflection on the Character of Beowulf
After reading Beowulf, I definitely was left with many questions regarding the story. I enjoyed the story, but definitely wish there was a way to explore deeper certain events in the story. One question I had is in regard to whether or not Beowulf can be seen as an unrealistic person. Of course I view him as a hero who i...
The Relevancy of Beowulf in the 21st Century
Old English Online: The Relevancy of Beowulf in 2015 When the modern reader first approaches Beowulf, they may not be overjoyed with what they find. The barrier to entry for some will probably be the format and style of the piece, both of which are likely to strike almost every new reader as difficult to grasp at first. Sp...
An Examination of the Idea of Heroism in the Character of Beowulf According to Ralph Waldo Emerson
The story of Beowulf is one of the first known written English scripts and thus provides a revolutionary glimpse into early European life. But despite its pure historical significance, its literary impact stands in the same class as the ancient epics such as The Odyssey. Its central figure, Beowulf, is one who has drawn muc...
A Comparison of the Depiction of Grendel in the Epic Poem Beowulf and the Book Grendel by John Gardner
During the Anglo-Saxon time period, a horrific monster known as “Grendel” terrorized individuals. Grendel is very well-known in British Literature for his very barbaric and often terrifying behavior. In fact, there were stories created that depicted the encounters of Grendel in these time periods. The depiction of Grendel i...
An Analysis of the Rules of Comitatus in Beowulf and America Today
Comitatus: In Beowulf, the Viking Era, and Today “[Beowulf] kept him helplessly locked in a handgrip[...] The monster’s whole body was in pain, a tremendous wound appeared on his shoulder. Sinews split and the bone-lappings broke” (55). This depiction of Beowulf’s fight, a gory and vividly portrayed scene, shows that he fi...