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by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Neil Gaiman

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Who will come to the aid of beleaguered King Hrothgar, whose warriors have become the prey of the vengeful outcast monster Grendel?

A grand and glorious story that has endured for centuries, the ageless classic adventure takes on a breathtaking new life in a remarkable new version for a modern era. Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed, award-winning author

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Who will come to the aid of beleaguered King Hrothgar, whose warriors have become the prey of the vengeful outcast monster Grendel?

A grand and glorious story that has endured for centuries, the ageless classic adventure takes on a breathtaking new life in a remarkable new version for a modern era. Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed, award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan, based on the screenplay by #1 New York Times bestseller Neil Gaiman and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Roger Avary, it is the tale of a noble liege and a terrible creature who has cursed his kingdom with death, blood, and destruction—and of the great hero, Beowulf, who is called to a land of monsters to triumph where so many have failed . . . or to die as so many of the brave before him.

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Chapter One

Northern Denmark
518 A.D.
The Age of Heroes

Fade in:

1 Ext. Herot—Day

Extreme close up on: The face of King Hrothgar. He is a man past the prime of his years, but still a mighty warrior, and a charismatic leader of men. As he bombastically talks, with full volume, to a large audience, we slowly pull back.

A year ago I, Hrothgar, your King, swore that we would celebrate our victories in a new hall, a mighty hall and beautiful. Craftsmen from all over the land of the Danes, and from all the civilized world have worked on this hall to make it the finest mead-hall on the face of the earth.

Pull back to reveal that Hrothgar is atop his horse in front of a huge mead hall, which is called Herot, and that around him are a huge band of Danes—closest to him are Warriors, and advisors, including Esher, an elderly man, and Unferth (with long black hair streaming out from his winged helm and intense black eyes).

Further away are the merchants and the women and children and dogs. Everyone is Filthy. For that matter everyone in the film is filthy.

The queen, Wealthow (who is less filthy than everyone else), stands a little behind the King, with a couple of her ladies. Wealthow is over thirty years younger than Hrothgar, his second wife, and is radiantly beautiful. Her chief lady is Yrsa, a girl with intense blue eyes and contrasting black hair to the queen's blond locks.

The King is happy, shouting loudly enough to be heard by the furthest dog.

In this hall I shall have my throne. In this hall we shall feast and tell of victories. In this hall shall the scops sing their sagas. And in this hall we shall divide the spoils of victory, the gold and treasure. This shall be a place of merrymaking and joy from now until the end of time.

1. Continued:

Hrothgar holds out a huge bejewelled cup to a page, who pours mead into it from a jug. Hrothgar holds up the cup.

I name this hall...

He takes a huge swig of Mead. His eyes are bright. Then he pours the rest of the mead on the doorway.


And the crowd cheers.

Cut to:

2 Int. Herot—Mead Hall—Night

Everything is golden and burnished. The crowd are noisy and cheering and happy. We see golden mead being poured from jugs into goblets. One warrior sticks out his helmet, mead is poured into it and soon he is drinking from it. A brace of golden roasted geese are brought out on wooden serving platters. The fire is burning golden-orange in the fireplace. It's noisy and riotous.

Hrothgar is sitting at a huge throne, and beside him is a pile of golden treasure—wristbands, rings, neck-rings, helmets and the like.

Cut to:

3 Ext. Herot—The Moors—Night

We are a short distance away from Herot. All is blue-grey and still. Mists hang low on the moor. Smoke and Muffled Jubilation come from the Hall. A door opens and a man stumbles out to piss.

Cut to:

4 Int. Herot—MeadHall—Night

Noise once more assaults our senses. Hrothgar is laughing loudly at some dirty joke. He picks up his queen, Wealthow, and kisses her long on the mouth, while she beats at his chest with her fists, demanding to be put down. His warrior Thanes cheer him on.

Beowulf. Copyright ? by Caitlin Kiernan. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Beowulf 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name :: Gwylae <br> Age :: Hmph. <br> Gender :: &female <br> Appearace :: A large, lithe build. Her scales are indigo-iridescent-black. Her eye is pale sea-foam green with silver flecks. Her horns are like polished opals, running down her spine, two great ones crowning her head. Her tail is a spiked mace of horns, wicked curved claws on her paws and wing-tips. The webbing of her wings is a translucent turquoise. <br> Other :: Yes, her fire is blue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book Beowulf written by Caitlin R. Kiernan there are many conflict. The first conflict of the story is that King Hrothgar¿s village is being attacked by a ugly monster named Grendal. Grendal attacked Heorot Hall, a place where the citizens eat and sing. He attacked Heorot Hall because the noise from the singing made him go crazy. He killed many people which made King Hrothgar close down Heorot Hall and end all singing of any kind. There were things the reader liked and disliked about the novel. The book had a good story line and it was a book that you could follow along with the story and know what is happening at all times. The things the reader disliked was that it dated back in the olden days so the author used old English which made it more realistic but harder for the reader to understand. Over all the book was outstanding and the reader recommends it to people who like action, fantasy, and adventurous stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you won't read the original Beowulf, then read Crichton's Eaters of the Dead (the movie based on it was 13th Warrior to non readers). It is a good modern interpretation of the Beowulf saga.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want Beowulf, go read Beowulf. Don't be fooled by the Hollywood knockoff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is by far a good version I've read of this and i recommend this for anyone who's are curouis and can't wait for the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of this book, you start off to think it is really good. But, the when you get to the 70-80th page, you realize that it is all written in past tense. When you read the book in past tense it is going to start to get on your nerves. In short words, this book is a waste of money.