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When sleep was at its deepest, night at its blackest, up from the mist-filled marsh came Grendel stalking.

Thus begins the battle between good and evil, for lying in wait and anxious to challenge the ogre Grendel is a young man, strong-willed and fire-hearted. This man is Beowulf, whose heroic dragon-slaying deeds were sung in the courts of Anglo-Saxon England more than a thousand years ago.

Beowulf is the only native English heroic epic. In the figure of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against monsters, the unknown author depicts the life and outlook of a pagan age. The poem is a subtle blending of themes—the conflict of good and evil, and an examination of heroism. Its skillful arrangement of incidents and use of contrast and parallel show it to be the product of a highly sophisticated culture.

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  • “The Anglo-Saxon epic, composed between the seventh and tenth centuries, has long been accorded its place in literature.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The poem includes battles, aggressive boasts, glorious funerals, frightening creatures, and a much-studied alliterative meter.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “How powerful the oldest, most archetypal literary works remain.”

    Booklist

  • “Written more than a thousand years ago in the Germanic tongue from which the pre-Norman core of modern English is formed, Beowulf is the epic poem of the warrior hero who survived a succession of fierce trials only to languish for centuries thereafter in the entombing clutches of university scholars.”

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