If you were as fierce in battle as you claim to be, the heath monster Grendel would not have been so successful in his attacks against the Danish people. Beowulf dives into the lake and finds the cave, where he takes on in another one-on-one battle. The hero mortally wounds the creature, who flees the hall to die in its lair. Be generous while you may. There the son of Healfdene gave to Beowulf many lavish gifts, including a golden ensign, a helmet, a coat of chainmail, a mighty sword, and eight horses with golden bridles. He sensed who had done the evil deed, for he had heard from people dwelling in the countryside of two night-stalkers of the marshes and moors, one like unto a woman, the other in the image of a miscreated man.
A bard sang with a clear voice. As I have heard men tell, their struggles tore many a mead-bench from its base. I expect even worse results for you with your contest against Grendel. Beowulf responds with a boastful description of some of his past accomplishments. It took the better part of a day before he sighted the bottom. Woe unto him who thus rejects the Lord.
Then he named him prince and successor to his own throne. But that's still not the climax. Seek out this savage and cheerless spot, if you dare. I am the son of a noble prince named Ecgtheow. I couldn't get a solid feeling from the audience though most people as they left seemed genuinely happy with their experience.
The Danes suffer many years of fear, danger, and death at the hands of Grendel. Ashliman's , a library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology. The first page of the Beowulf manuscript. Doomed to death, one of the revelers laid himself down to rest with his comrades. His slayer lay there too, defeated and dead. Unlike his earlier battles, this confrontation is terrible and deadly. We have heard that some secret destroyer causes great terror among the Scyldings on dark nights.
Filling his arms with treasures, Wiglaf rushed back to his king. He picked up his sword and shield and advanced through the deadly fumes to help his lord. You must now fulfill the needs of the people with it. Nor was anyone safe in Heorot, where he attacked at will. The earth quaked, and the serpent appeared. Henceforth you shall all be deprived of the landowners' privileges formerly bestowed upon you.
Furthermore, he gave him seven thousand hides of land and a hall. Tolkien used many elements from Beowulf as inspiration for his famous. He picked up the sword, Hrunting by name, that Unferth had lent him. What is Beowulf About and Why Should I Care? And that's why, while being an epic, it also questions a lot of the epic values: Is the death price a good system of justice? The roar of the fire mingled with the sound of weeping, until at last the body was consumed. Regardless, whoever the original author may have been is lost to history. The blow caught her at the neck and sliced off her doomed head.
Its waters were seething with blood, and its waves were mingled with gore. Although it was written and recited in Britain, Beowulf is about in Scandinavia: Danish and Swedish warriors who battle fabulous monsters as well as each other. Accompanied by a troop of warriors they followed the foe's tracks over steep and rocky slopes, over sheer cliffs, and past many a sea-monster's haunt. You really should see this in a theater, bigger than life. In the hall he saw many sleeping warriors, and he laughed in his heart. Beowulf, intent on glory, drove his sword Naegling into the dragon's head. Suddenly light filled the place, and the victorious warrior looked about.
This isn't dry-as-dust literature that you fall asleep over; it's the kind of thing you pay twelve bucks to see while eating popcorn. There's actually no way to make reading any sexier that it already is. The Geatish people made a mound upon the cliff. It's a brutal world, but one that offers the possibility of fame — and maybe even fortune, if you're lucky. Even though most of Beowulf's story line is answered here, it did make me pause and wonder: Why didn't Robert Zemeckis just direct this thing in real life instead of virtual? The Cotton library formed one of the foundation collections of the British Museum in 1753, before being incorporated as part of the British Library in 1973. At Hygelac's death Beowulf became king.