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Beowulf is one of the most ancient texts in all of European literature. It is a tale of epic proportions, set in an age of gallant warriors, elaborate ritual, and terrifying monsters. The story begins when a heroic king throws a lavish celebration for his people. Trouble arises when Grendel, a strange and hideous creature from the surrounding wilderness, is awakened by the lively party. The noise and fun of the evening is soon silenced as the angry Grendel wreaks havoc, killing one of the king's men. In the midst of the chaos, the only person strong enough to stand up to the monster's deadly force is the valiant Beowulf, who kills Grendel and saves his fellow men. Although safe for the moment, Beowulf's strength and courage will again be tested when Grendel's mother, seeking revenge for the death of her son, embarks on a violent rampage. Braving challenges that other men cannot face, Beowulf is the ultimate hero, rising from the ancient pages of this tale for readers of every age.
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we have heard, and what honor the athelings won!
friendless, a foundling, fate repaid him:
gave him gifts: a good king he!
the Wielder of Wonder, with world's renown.
son of Scyld, in the Scandian lands.
shall an earl have honor in every clan.
sturdy Scyld to the shelter of God.
the leader beloved ...
Reviewed by Katti on Jan 28, 2013
i read it this so i don't have to next year
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