Download e-book for kindle: A Companion to Beowulf by Ruth A. Johnston

By Ruth A. Johnston

ISBN-10: 031333224X

ISBN-13: 9780313332241

Perhaps an important paintings written in previous English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very diverse from ours, and but its tale of conflict, violence, and heroism is still proper to trendy readers. obtainable to school scholars, basic readers, and undergraduates, this spouse overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters evaluate the plot of Beowulf , whereas later chapters speak about its sort 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 subject matters. therefore the preliminary chapters evaluate the benefits of other translations and supply a close plot precis, whereas later chapters talk about the poem's language and magnificence, its therapy of faith, its relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition, and its legacy in pop culture. one of many maximum Beowulf students used to be J.R.R. Tolkien, and the booklet offers specified consciousness to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers will locate this ebook a beneficial advisor to at least one of the main hard but enduring works of English literature.

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They may have wondered why the feud ended with Cain, because in Germanic tradition the sons or brothers of the dead man would have to carry out revenge. The Bible does not list any son for Abel, but Adam had a third son named Seth. T o Germanic minds, Seth would have the duty of continuing the feud. The poet of Beowulf tells us that Cain and his descendants were in perpetual feud with God and man. In the medieval view, all living men were descended from Noah after the Flood, and Noah was descended from Seth; therefore, all living men were of the line of Seth.

In the battle of Ragnarok a giant serpent, a fierce, giant dog, and a deadly wolf would join the giants in their attack. While some magical creatures (like Odin's eight-legged horse) could serve the gods, the "monsters" (the misshapen, deformed, and threatening kind) were always against them. Monsters were on the side of the destruction of civilization, and as such their role in Ragnarok was to bring about the end of order. W h e n the English became Christians, they did not see any reason to stop believing in elves, trolls, dragons, and other monsters.

This Dane is the "thyle" (thee-lee), a kind of spokesman in the Danish court. He sees Beowulf as a threat, and as he becomes somewhat drunk, he verbally challenges Beowulf. Everyone listens, and most likely Unferth is only saying what many are thinking. Later, Unferth will try to make friends with Beowulf by lending him a sword. UNFERTH: G R E N D E L : A large, man-eating monster who lives in a swampy lake. He may be a kind of troll. He hates human joy and lives only to wage war against the Danes.

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