New PDF release: A Companion to Beowulf

By Ruth A. Johnston

ISBN-10: 031333224X

ISBN-13: 9780313332241

Perhaps an important paintings written in outdated English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very various from ours, and but its tale of battle, violence, and heroism continues to be correct to fashionable readers. available to school scholars, basic readers, and undergraduates, this better half overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters evaluation the plot of Beowulf , whereas later chapters talk about its variety and language, its cultural and old contexts, and its afterlife in modern renowned culture.

The first a part of the booklet presents details of curiosity to a variety of readers, whereas the second one covers extra really expert issues. therefore the preliminary chapters evaluate the advantages of other translations and supply an in depth plot precis, whereas later chapters talk about the poem's language and elegance, its remedy of faith, its relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition, and its legacy in pop culture. one of many maximum Beowulf students was once J.R.R. Tolkien, and the publication provides specific consciousness to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers will locate this publication a helpful consultant to 1 of the main tough but enduring works of English literature.

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Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1981. Nicholson, Lewis E. An Anthology of Beowulf Criticism. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1963. ") 16 A COMPANION TO BEOWULF Ogilvy, J. D . A. and Donald C. Baker. Reading Beowulf: An Introduction to the Poem, Its Background, and Its Style. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1983. Orchard, Andy. A Critical Companion to Beowulf Cambridge: D . S. Brewer, 2003. Overing, Gillian and Marijane Osborn. Landscape of Desire: Partial Stories of the Medieval Scandinavian World.

O n climbing out of the ship, the men shake out their mail-shirts. The armor description carries us into the second stage of their arrival, as the coast watchers see the brightness of their gear and sound the alarm. The Arrival at the Coastline Lines 229—319 describe the arrival of the hero in Denmark, and this scene takes place on the beach. The hero's reception by the Danish guard is not hostile; perhaps the smallness of the landing party reassures them that they are not under attack. The watchman can see that they are warriors as they disembark, but because their manner does not suggest an attack, he is merely curious.

H e asks permission to tell Hrothgar his errand, and Wulfgar politely THE H E R O COMES TO D E N M A R K 39 reciprocates with the promise to quickly go and relay the message to Hrothgar. W e are not to imagine Wulfgar leaving the door unguarded; rather, he would be in charge of a small troop, and Beowulf's band is not left standing outside. Just inside the hall's outer door there is an entry room, perhaps similar to the "mud rooms" of some modern houses. There are benches, and the Geats set down their shields and stand their spears against the wall.

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