By Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland
The best literary paintings handed right down to us from Anglo-Saxon occasions, Beowulf celebrates the life of heroism in a dismal global of feuds, violence, and uncertainty. Set within the mythical Scandinavian previous, Beowulf involves the help of the Danish king Hrothgar by way of killing the terrifying monster Grendel and its vengeful mom. a life-time later, Beowulf courageously prepares for an additional nice conflict while a fiery dragon threatens his personal country. This acclaimed translation includes a severe advent, an entire index of names, and wide notes.
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R. R. (1936), and perhaps the single most celebrated piece of literary criticism of the poem. Two especially valuable articles by historians are: M. Lapidge, '''Beowulf", Aldhelm, the "Liber Monstrorum" and Wessex', Studi Medievali, 23 (1982), 15192, and P. Wormald, 'Bede, "Beowulf" and the Conversion of the Anglo-Saxon Aristocracy', in Bede and Anglo-Saxon England, ed. R. T. Farrell (Oxford, 1978), 3295. Background Reading Bruce-Mitford, R. L. , The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial: A Handbook (London, 1968, 3rd edn.
Revised by W. F. , Exeter, 1996). An accessible facsimile of the original manuscript, with a facing transcription, is J. Zupitsa, Beowulf (The Early English Text Society, OS 245, London, 1959, with an Introductory Note by N. Davis; repr. 1967) (but see below under Websites). Studies on Beowulf There has been an enormous amount written on Beowulf. The best guide to the scholarship on the poem is: R. E. Bjork and J. D. ), A Beowulf Handbook (Exeter, 1996), a collection of short essays surveying the history of various aspects of Beowulf scholarship (metre, history, gender roles, sources, and so on) followed by chronological bibliographies.
Völsunga saga, trans. Jesse Byock (Enfield, 1993). Widsith: A Study in Old English Heroic Legend, R. W. Chambers (Cambridge, 1912). html2010-9-9 20:31:01 next page > page_xxxiv < previous page page_xxxiv next page > Page xxxiv Websites A complete digital facsimile of the Beowulf manuscript is a forth-coming electronic publication of the British Library. html2010-9-9 20:31:02 next page > page_xxxv < previous page page_xxxv next page > Page xxxv Time Chart Though Beowulf is timeless, drawing material from the wealth of Anglo-Saxon culture and from many countries, the time chart sets the poem in a historical perspective.
Beowulf by Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland