By Seamus Heaney
Composed towards the tip 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 ready encountering the gigantic, defeating it, after which having to continue to exist, bodily and psychically uncovered within the exhausted aftermath. it's not difficult to attract parallels during this tale to the old curve of attention within the 20th century, however the poem additionally transcends such concerns, telling us mental and non secular truths which are everlasting and freeing. In his new translation, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has produced a piece that's either real, line via line, to the unique poem and a basic expression of his personal inventive reward. A New York Times bestseller, winner of the Whitbread Award.
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Then my face won't be there to be covered in death: he will carry me away as he goes to ground, gorged and bloodied; he will run gloating with my raw corpse and feed on it alone, in a cruel frenzy, fouling his moor-nest. No need then to lament for long or lay out my body: if the battle takes me, send back this breast-webbing that Weland fashioned and Hrethel gave me, to Lord Hygelac. " 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.
They dwell apart among wolves on the hills, on windswept crags and treacherous keshes, where cold streams pour down the mountain and disappear under mist and moorland. A few miles from here a frost-stiffened wood waits and keeps watch above a mere; the overhanging bank is a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface. At night there, something uncanny happens: the water burns. And the mere bottom has never been sounded by the sons of men. On its bank, the heather-stepper halts: the hart in flight from pursuing hounds will turn to face them with firm-set horns and die in the wood rather than dive beneath its surface.
It was sheer vanity made you venture out on the main deep. And no matter who tried, friend or foe, to deflect the pair of you, neither would back down: the sea-test obsessed you. You waded in, embracing water, taking its measure, mastering currents, riding on the swell. The ocean swayed, winter went wild in the waves, but you vied for seven nights; and then he outswam you, came ashore the stronger contender. He was cast up safe and sound one morning BEOWULF 35 520 530 540 550 among the Heathoreams, then made his way to where he belonged in Bronding country, home again, sure of his ground in strongroom and bawn.