By Seamus Heaney
Composed towards the top of the 1st millennium, Beowulf is the vintage Northern epic of a hero's triumphs as a tender warrior and his fated loss of life as a defender of his humans. The poem is set encountering the immense, defeating it, after which having to continue to exist, bodily and psychically uncovered within the exhausted aftermath. it isn't demanding to attract parallels during this tale to the old curve of realization 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 actual, line by means of line, to the unique poem and a primary expression of his personal artistic reward. A New York Times bestseller, winner of the Whitbread Award.
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So the laughter started, the din got louder and the crowd was happy. Weaihtheow came in, Hrothgar's queen, observing the courtesies. Adorned in her gold, she graciously saluted B E O W U L F 41 620 630 the men in hall, then handed the cup first to Hrothgar, their homeland's guardian, urging him to drink deep and enjoy it because he was dear to them. And he drank it down like the warlord he was, with festive cheer. So the Helming woman went on her rounds, queenly and dignified, decked out in rings, offering the goblet to all ranks, treating the household and the assembled troop until it was Beowulf's turn to take it from her hand.
It was their habit always and everywhere to be ready for action, at home or in the camp, in whatever case and at whatever time the need arose BEOWULF Bedtime in Heomt 87 1250 1260 1270 1280 to rally round their lord. They were a right people. They went to sleep. And one paid dearly for his night's ease, as had happened to them often, ever since Grendel occupied the gold-hall, committing evil until the end came, death after his crimes. Then it became clear, obvious to everyone once the fight was over, that an avenger lurked and was still alive, grimly biding time.
With his death upon him, he had dived deep into his marsh-den, drowned out his life and his heathen soul: hell claimed him there. The morning after: rdiefand reioicings Then away they rode, the old retainers with many a young man following after, a troop on horseback, in high spirits on their bay steeds. Beowulf's doings were praised over and over again. Nowhere, they said, north or south between the two seas or under the tall sky on the broad earth was there anyone better to raise a shield or to rule a kingdom.
Beowulf (Bilingual Edition) by Seamus Heaney