A Companion to Beowulf

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - 227 pages

Perhaps the most important work written in Old English, Beowulf grew out of a culture very different from ours, and yet its story of war, violence, and heroism remains relevant to modern readers. Accessible to high school students, general readers, and undergraduates, this companion overviews the poem and its legacy. The initial chapters review the plot of Beowulf, while later chapters discuss its style and language, its cultural and historical contexts, and its afterlife in contemporary popular culture.

The first part of the book provides information of interest to a wide range of readers, while the second covers more specialized topics. Thus the initial chapters review the merits of different translations and offer a detailed plot summary, while later chapters discuss the poem's language and style, its treatment of religion, its relation to Anglo-Saxon culture, and its legacy in popular culture. One of the greatest Beowulf scholars was J.R.R. Tolkien, and the book gives special attention to his use of the poem in his own fiction. High school students, undergraduates, and general readers will find this book a valuable guide to one of the most challenging yet enduring works of English literature.

 

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Introduction to the Context of Beowulf
1
Choosing a Translation
17
The Hero Comes to Denmark
23
Beowulf versus Grendel
53
Beowulf versus Grendels Mother
69
Beowulf versus the Dragon
89
Literary Techniques
113
Placing Beowulf on a Timeline
127
Religion in Beowulf
149
AngloSaxon Culture
163
Modern Adaptations of Beowulf
187
The Beowulfian World of J R R Tolkien
197
Glossary of Names
211
Works Cited
217
Index
219
Droits d'auteur

Language and Poetry
139

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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

Ruth Johnston Staver is an independent scholar who specializes in Old English language and literature. She has extensive experience teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and has published on such topics as historical linguistics.

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