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Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. Set in the half-legendary, half historical Scandinavian past, it tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the Danish king Hrothgar by killing first the terrifying, demonic monster Grendel, and then Grendel's infuriated and vengeful mother. A lifetime later, Beowulf's own kingdom, Geatland, is threatened by a fiery
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Beowulf

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Overview

Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. Set in the half-legendary, half historical Scandinavian past, it tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the Danish king Hrothgar by killing first the terrifying, demonic monster Grendel, and then Grendel's infuriated and vengeful mother. A lifetime later, Beowulf's own kingdom, Geatland, is threatened by a fiery
dragon; Beowulf heroically takes on this challenge, but himself dies killing the dragon.

The poem celebrates the virtues of the heroic life, but Hrothgar and Beowulf are beacons of wisdom and courage in a dark world of feuds, violence and uncertainty, and Beowulf's selfless heroism is set against a background of ruthless power struggles, fratricide and tyranny. This acclaimed translation is complemented by a critical introduction and substantial editorial apparatus.

'The poem has at last found its translator . . .supremely well done'
Charles Causley
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The classic eighth-century English poem is strikingly presented, making accessible the story of a young man's heroic journey to find and slay two monsters. Ages 11-up. (June)
From the Publisher

"Asks to be placed immediately in the hands of every child...reads aloud resoundingly."--The School Librarian

"The strong, alliterative prose has something of the same quality as the splendid Old English verse. A remarkable achievement."--Children's Books of the Year

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191574085
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 1/21/1999
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 732,409
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Crossley-Holland is a British author, poet, and editor well-known to both young and old readers. Among his most recent books for children are Folktales of the British Isles and Axe-Age, Wolf-Age.
Charles Keeping has illustrated over 100 children's books, including several of his own, and has twice won the British Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal.

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