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Friday, April 8, 2011

A-Z: Grendel

Then from the moorland, by misty crags, with God’s wrath laden, Grendel came. Straightway he seized a sleeping warrior for the first, and tore him fiercely asunder, the bone-frame bit, drank blood in streams, swallowed him piecemeal: swiftly thus the lifeless corpse was clear devoured, e’en feet and hands. Now many an earl of Beowulf brandished blade ancestral, fain the life of their lord to shield, their praised prince, if power were theirs; never they knew – as they neared the foe, hardy-hearted heroes of war, aiming their swords on every side the accursed to kill – no keenest blade, no fairest of falchions fashioned on earth, could harm or hurt that hideous fiend! He was safe, by his spells, from sword of battle, from edge of iron.

–– Beowulf, XI-XII (Translated by Francis B. Gummere, excerpt edited and abridged by Bard)

The complete text can be found at Wikisource.

8 comments:

  1. Doh! I was going to use Grendel. Serves me right for reading before posting. I figure it's OK if we both independently come up with the same topic.

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  2. Very good, loved the tale of Grendel and even the Angelina Jolie version in celluloid.

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  3. Jagatai: Of course -- there's plenty of Grendel for everyone to share!

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  4. Grendel is terrible and powerful!
    fun post :)

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  5. I posted about my cat Grendl instead.

    Word Verification: efingas

    I assume they're talking about the price.

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  6. When I first read Beowulf, I remember thinking "How long can this guy hold his breath?" Almost 30 pages, if I remember right, happen underwater.

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