Beowulf (Bilingual Edition) by Seamus Heaney

By Seamus Heaney

Composed towards the top of the 1st millennium, Beowulf is the vintage Northern epic of a hero's triumphs as a tender warrior and his fated demise as a defender of his humans. The poem is set encountering the massive, defeating it, after which having to continue to exist, bodily and psychically uncovered within the exhausted aftermath. it's not tough to attract parallels during this tale to the historic curve of cognizance within the 20th century, however the poem additionally transcends such concerns, telling us mental and religious truths which are everlasting and releasing. In his new translation, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has produced a piece that's either actual, line by means of line, to the unique poem and a primary expression of his personal inventive reward. A New York Times bestseller, winner of the Whitbread Award.

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Mighty and canny, Hygelac's kinsman was keenly watching for the first move the monster would make. Nor did the creature keep him waiting B E O W U L F Grendei strikes A Gmt warrior pms es 49 740 750 760 770 but struck suddenly and started in; he grabbed and mauled a man on his bench, bit into his bone-lappings, bolted down his blood and gorged on him in lumps, leaving the body utterly lifeless, eaten up hand and foot. Venturing closer, his talon was raised to attack Beowulf where he lay on the bed; he was bearing in with open claw when the alert hero's comeback and armlock forestalled him utterly.

Hrothgar, the helmet of Shieldings, spoke: "Beowulf, my friend, you have travelled here J J Hrothgar recollects a friendship and teiis of Grendel s raids to favour us with help and to fight for us. B E O W U L F 31 460 47° There was a feud one time, begun by your father. With his own hands he had killed Heatholaf, who was a Wulfing; so war was looming and his people, in fear of it, forced him to leave. He came away then over rolling waves to the South-Danes here, the sons of honour. I was then in the first flush of kingship, establishing my sway over all the rich strongholds of this heroic land.

He fell beneath his shield, in the same gem-crusted, kingly gear he had worn when he crossed the frothing wave-vat. So the dead king fell into Frankish hands. They took his breast-mail, also his neck-torque, and punier warriors plundered the slain when the carnage ended; Geat corpses covered the field. Applause filled the hall. Then Wealhtheow pronounced in the presence of the company: "Take delight in this torque, dear Beowulf, wear it for luck and wear also this mail B E O W U L F 85 1220 1230 1240 from our people's armoury: may you prosper in them!

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