Beowulf is the conventional title of an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. It survives in a single manuscript known as the Nowell Codex. Its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet is dated between the 8th and the early 11th century.
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. Book Review Beowulf is a great read and translation from the original poem in the Nowell Codex. I recommend this book to any person interested in history around the time of this poem's creation. This book is a great example of how to represent the 8th to early 11th century time period in Scandinavia. Events in the book have been verified directly from many other historic accounts from the time. Beowulf as a man is a great role model of bravery perseverance, and loyalty I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. This Novel does a phenomenal job or intertwining fiction and reality for an overall interesting book. It gives insight to the time period and the setting and tells a story and also consists of moral values. Do not hesitate to pick this book up because there’s a movie. You will enjoy this book and it will fill your mind with personal images unable to be recreated onto a large screen.
This book is very well put together and its style is amazing. People of all ages will find interest in Beowulf!
It is hard to believe that a 1,000 year old book (poem) could still be so easliy understood and enjoyed. Hero, dragons, riches, and nobel deeds all come together with Raffels transalation of Beowulf. I have tried to read Beowolf (by other translators )a couple of times but was not able to get through it due to cryptic transalation. This translation was easy to understand and truly enjoy!!!