By Ruth A. Johnston
Perhaps an important paintings written in previous English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very diverse from ours, and but its tale of struggle, violence, and heroism continues to be suitable to fashionable readers. available to school scholars, basic readers, and undergraduates, this significant other overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters overview the plot of Beowulf , whereas later chapters speak about its kind and language, its cultural and historic contexts, and its afterlife in modern well known 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 overview the benefits of other translations and provide an in depth plot precis, whereas later chapters talk about the poem's language and elegance, 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 ebook offers targeted cognizance to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers will locate this ebook a beneficial advisor to 1 of the main tough but enduring works of English literature.
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Additional resources for A Companion to Beowulf
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. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994. (Includes an article on mapping the places in Beowulf) Robinson, Fred C. Beowulf and the Appositive Style. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1985.
Brewer, 2003. Overing, Gillian and Marijane Osborn. Landscape of Desire: Partial Stories of the Medieval Scandinavian World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994. (Includes an article on mapping the places in Beowulf) Robinson, Fred C. Beowulf and the Appositive Style. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1985. The Tomb of Beowulf. Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers, 1993. Stanley, Eric Gerald. In the Foreground: Beowulf Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1994. Stitt, J. Michael. Beowulf and the Bear's Son: Epic, Saga and Fairytale in Northern Germanic Tradition.
The Englishproduced Liber Monstrorum (Book of Monsters) includes dark-skinned people, Homer's one-eyed Cyclops, and humans with dog heads. Indeed, the manuscript group in which we find Beowulf includes The Passion of St. Christopher, the story of a dog-headed man who becomes a Christian missionary and is tortured for his faith. Some "monsters," such as scorpions and lions, were clearly part of ordinary animal life. But where did other monsters fit into the new Christian cosmology? If they were not the offspring and pets of the Frost Giants, then who were they?
A Companion to Beowulf by Ruth A. Johnston