Beowulf

Paperback | November 9, 2008

Translated byKevin Crossley-hollandEditorHeather ODonoghue

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Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. Set in the half-legendary, half historical Scandinavian past, it tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the Danish king Hrothgar bykilling first the terrifying, demonic monster Grendel, and then Grendel's infuriated and vengeful mother. A lifetime later, Beowulf's own kingdom, Geatland, is threatened by a fiery dragon; Beowulf heroically takes on this challenge, but himself dies killing the dragon. The poem celebrates the virtues of the heroic life, but Hrothgar and Beowulf are beacons of wisdom and courage in a dark world of feuds, violence and uncertainty, and Beowulf's selfless heroism is set against a background of ruthless power struggles, fratricide and tyranny. This acclaimedtranslation is complemented by a critical introduction and substantial editorial apparatus. `The poem has at last found its translator . . .supremely well done' Charles Causley

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Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. Set in the half-legendary, half historical Scandinavian past, it tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the Danish king Hrothgar bykilling first the terrifying, demonic monst...

Heather O'Donoghue is Vigfusson Rausing Reader in Old-Norse Icelandic Literature in the University of Oxford and Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.39 inPublished:November 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019955529X

ISBN - 13:9780199555291

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Includes: Introduction, Textual Note, Bibliography, Time Chart, Genealogical Tables, Map, Explanatory Notes, Index of Names