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Beowolf
Beowolf | Anonymous
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The poem is set in Scandinavia. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hroogar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel."
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TracyReadsBooks
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Pickpick

Loved this translation of Beowulf, one that has been on my radar for ages but which I‘ve only just now read. I don‘t know if fierce, modern, & accessible are words often used to describe this 1,000 (ish) year old epic but in Headley‘s hands, it is. She brings a writers eye to the epic & in approaching as a “bro” moment, a moment of braggadocio spoken in a public arena (think bar), she is definitely onto something. Great introduction, great read.

SamAnne Loved loved loved this translation! So much fun, and seemed so true to the spirit of the tale. And I really loved her introduction. This is one I will revisit. 2w
batsy Great review! I have this translation on my TBR. 2w
Dragon Pretty sure I was Team Grendel when I read this at school 🤣💚🐉 1w
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dabbe
Beowulf (Revised) | Seamus Heaney
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BEOWULF FUN:
If interested, here's a slideshow with some fun BEOWULF links:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vT5qLK4jp6u1NQrEm0o0uOLEh6u504Sk...

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dabbe
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Pickpick

Loved teaching this to my sophomore honors (they learn British literature that year).

“Hear me!” ... so begins BEOWULF, the oldest surviving epic poem in English. Centuries of poet-singers, called scops (shopes), recited the adventures of Beowulf. It is our great fortune that eventually a gifted poet unified the heroic accounts and produced an enduring work of art. We have only one copy of Beowulf, and it dates from about the year 1000 C.E.

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AmandaBlaze
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1. I don't read much that is dated that far back.
2. I really liked Beowulf.
@TheSpineView
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView It has been years since I read it. Thanks for playing 4mo
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VioletMoonBooks
Beowulf | Anonymous
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Lo! the Spear-Danes‘ glory through splendid achievements
The folk-kings former fame we have heard of,
How princes displayed then their prowess-in-battle.
#Beowulf #openingline #firstline #book #books #bookart #bookartist #bookattitude #bookaholic #bookaholics #bookshelf #bookshelves #bookshelfie #bookshelfies #shelfie #shelfies #bookstack #bookstacks #Classics #Poetry #Fiction #Fantasy #Mythology #School #Literature #ReadForSchool #Medieval ❣️❣️❣️

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LouiseWalters
Beowulf | Anonymous
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Just read the Penguin version. The language was beautiful, albeit wordy. It helped to imagine having it read to me by Russell Crowe!!

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Kerrbearlib
Beowulf | Anonymous
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1. None yet
2. Twitter
3. My amazing husband

#wonderouswednesday

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VioletMoonBooks
Beowulf | Anonymous
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So the People of the Geats lamented over the fall of their lord, his hearth-companions, and said that he was a world-king, and mildest, the gentlest of men, and most tender to his people, and most eager for their praise.
#Beowulf #lastline #closingline #book #books #bookart #bookartist #bookattitude #bookaholic #bookaholics #bookshelf #bookshelves #bookshelfie #bookshelfies #shelfie #shelfies #stack #Classics #Poetry #Fiction #Fantasy #Mythology

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SamAnne
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I love it when my hen Gilda matches my book cover!!! 😂😂🙄🙄

Leftcoastzen Awww ! Pretty hen! 2y
Michael_Gee Haha! I love it. What a pretty hen. 2y
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Eggs
Beowulf | Anonymous
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ⚡️💫📚 2y
Tera66 I love this story!💜💜 2y
Eggs @Tera66 a classic! 2y
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StellaDz
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This is my second read, and I do truly love this epic tale. This is probably my favourite translation, and it‘s even better because the Old English is to the left of the translated text. Beowulf, a great hero, but ultimately just a man, battles great monsters, gaining a hero worship truly deserved. Heaney does a great translation making it simple and easy to read but still conveying the grandness of the adventure.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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StellaDz
Beowulf | Anonymous
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Self care always uses books. Last night‘s reading session. #currentlyreading

rather_be_reading love that eye mask! 2y
StellaDz @rather_be_reading it def enhances the spa look 🧖‍♀️ 2y
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Rehesina
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Bailedbailed

Ummmmmm. I really don‘t like this. It could be the translation as well, but I just couldn‘t really get onto it.

Reggie There‘s a new translation that‘s pretty popular that uses the vernacular of today that I was thinking of picking up. Instead of using words like alas it uses bro. Lol 2y
Rehesina @Reggie Haha! I can see the fun in reading something like that! I would prefer something in the middle though; this was just too terrible to read. 2y
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Rehesina
Beowulf | Anonymous
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I don‘t think I understand most of what‘s happening...I despise the language

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ladyshmelton
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New school year. New grade level to teach. New books to read. Though this one is am old favorite that I suddenly have the opportunity to teach. #silverlinigs

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intothehallofbooks
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I love it, but I understand why some do not. I‘ve had the pleasure of reading it in high school and with my three teens, and what a joy!! The best thing about it is that we read together, analyzed it, and discussed it together. Everyone in the house has at least a respect for it, even if we all disagree on how “good” it is.

I love the adventure and swords, the knights and warriors, the mead hall, and the monsters and heroes. #homeschool #reread

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VioletMoonBooks
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Now we have heard, by inquiry, of the glory of the kings of the people they of the Spear-Danes, how the Athelings were doing deeds of courage.
#Beowulf #book #books #firstline #openingline #bookgeek #bookgeeks #bookgeeky #bookgang #bookgasm #geek #geeks #geeky #bookhoarder #bookhoarders #bookhaul #bookhauler #bookholic #bookholics #bookheaven #bookjunkie #bookjunkies #bookjunky #bookjacket #bookjackets #Classics #Poetry #Fiction #Fantasy 💙💙💙💙

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Susanita
Beowulf | Anonymous
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1. Brownie a la mode.
2. My spouse is probably going back to work next week. There are some kinks to be worked out, and it‘s less than perfect, but we both agree he needs to get out of the house for a while.
#thankfulthursday on Friday

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intothehallofbooks
Beowulf (Revised) | Seamus Heaney
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I just pulled the first three books my son will use for school in the fall!! I think we may go ahead and get partially started on the next school year so we‘ll be at least a little bit ahead. My son is a reluctant reader. This is not the first time I‘ve done this particular English course with my family, so while my son is reading for content and theme for papers etc, I‘m going to enjoy my re-rereads 🤓 #homeschool

AllieLovesBooks I read these for a class last year and really enjoyed them, I realized how many elements in modern stories are taken from classics! 📚💚 3y
intothehallofbooks @OrtizReads1 Yes!! They‘re timeless. 3y
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VioletMoonBooks
Beowulf | Anonymous
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Pickpick

This was fun to read. This is the first time I read it since high school. It was enjoyable to read it again. I always enjoy reading a good adventure story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#Beowulf #read #bookrecommendation #bookrecommendations #recommendation #recommendations #bookreport #bookreports #bookreview #bookreviews #bookriot #booktattoo #booktree #bookthief #booktopia #booktoday #bookyourself #bookutopia #bookunicorn #School #Mythology #Classics #Poetry 💜💜💜

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VioletMoonBooks
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ElectricKatyLand
Pickpick

I really enjoyed this translation. I hadn't read Beowulf since high school, and I'm very excited for Maria Dahvana Headley's upcoming translation, so I wanted to read some beautiful Heaney language and immerse myself in a classic epic to prepare. Recommended.

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VioletMoonBooks
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So the People of the Geats lamented over the fall of their lord, his hearth-companions, and said that he was a world-king, and the mildest, gentlest of men, and most tender to his people, and most eager for their praise.
#Beowulf #lastline #closingline #funko #funkopop #popvinyl #book #books #bookgeek #bookgeeks #bookgeeky #bookgang #bookgasm #geek #geeks #geeky #bookhoarder #bookhoarders #bookhaul #Classics #Poetry #Fiction #Fantasy #School 💛💛

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Kav138
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I had never read this translation and had always intended to, and I was not disappointed. I greatly appreciate that it is a dual language edition.

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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

Much love to @SerialReader for having this classic available!

An interesting poem of a possible fictional character grounded in real life events and people among the myths and monsters that were abound for Beowulf to fight with.

I gave this a solid 3 ⭐ while my BF will gladly tell you it's more of a 4.5 and as he's the one that recommended it to me with nothing more than "it's a favorite".

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AthenaWins
Beowulf | Anonymous
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I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as I did Gilgamesh, but it is still a beautiful and deeply powerful story.

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rwmg
Beowulf (Revised) | Seamus Heaney
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Excellently read by Heaney himself

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CoffeeNBooks
Beowulf | Anonymous
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#SoaringScores #EntryIntoTheGreatHall I've only read excerpts of this, but I definitely read about Heorot, the great hall where Beowulf feasted before fighting Grendel.
@CrowCAH @Cinfhen

CrowCAH An epic tale not often featured; good choice! 3y
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kaysworld1
Beowulf | Anonymous
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This is my second time attempting the read this book and I actually got to the end of it thanks to audio books.
I never understood it the first time maybe because I'm not a fan of medieval poetry but it's much easier to listen to. #audiobooks #readingmyownbooks #classics #beowulf #reread #reading #oldstories #audio #listerningisreading #screamathon #readathon 📚📚📚☠️

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vivastory
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The opening word of Beowulf, Hwaet, has been variously translated from the blatantly poetic "Lo!" to the enthusiastic "Yes!" to Heaney's restrained "So." What all of these translations are saying is #sitdown I have quite a tale for you.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Tamra You‘ve convinced me to read this next! (edited) 3y
Skyrimir Yesssssss! Just about to start this with my seniors. So much fun every time. 3y
arlenefinnigan Ah, Uncle Séamus. Well, my husband's great Uncle Séamus, a few times removed. 3y
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vivastory @Tamra I love it. I recommend Heaney's transaction. 3y
vivastory @Skyrimir I agree. Never gets old! 3y
vivastory @arlenefinnigan That's amazing!! I had the enormous privilege to attend a reading & the following day a long conversation with him several years ago. It was magical. 3y
Tamra @vivastory that‘s the one I have in my TBR stacks. 😄 3y
rwmg I'm listening to the audiobook version read by Seamus Heaney himself. 3y
Cinfhen Really @arlenefinnigan ??? That‘s pretty cool 😎 3y
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VioletMoonBooks
Beowulf | Anonymous
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rwmg
Beowulf (Revised) | Seamus Heaney
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Another audio of a book from oral tradition

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Graywacke
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Pickpick

The end of my little peak in Anglo-Saxon lit. Shorter than I expected, less poetic than I expected too (per Heaney‘s translation). I tried to slow down and absorb it a bit, but the story just rushes through making quick work of Grendel and Mom and focusing really on the end of the Geats after Beowulf‘s death fighting a dragon in old age. Some really great touches zoomed by in a blink. Someday I should reread with some reflection. Some day.

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Graywacke
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The next book.

Tamra I really need to get to this one. I hear nothing but good things about it. 3y
Graywacke @Tamra me too. I‘m still on the intro - he‘s passionate about it. 3y
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Seshat
Beowulf | Anonymous
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I got this in the mail yesterday! 1977 Folio Society Beowulf. Lithography by Virgil Burnett, translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

LauraJ Lovely 💕 3y
JazzFeathers 😍 3y
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EjCorum007
Beowulf | Anonymous

Finally starting Starting Beowulf

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Oryx
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I love when a book leads you to another. I recently read The Salt Path, and Beowulf plays a part in that book. So it prompted me to finally read it. I enjoyed the language of it and the story. The introduction was useful for me as I've not studied English lit beyond GCSE, so it gave me some context. I liked how Heaney brought some Ulster words into his translation. Really cool. Awesome matching bookmark from @libby1

TrishB Great post, don‘t you love it when books do this. 4y
Libby1 ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Oryx
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Daisy and I have been very busy with errands and chores all day. As you can see Daisy has been working much harder than anyone. Got the house to myself today, so rest of day plans are pictured. Not at the same time though. Hoping the sun might come out too ⛅

Cathythoughts I‘m hoping for the sun too ... I think I see it behind the clouds ... it‘s coming out 😮🤩 4y
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Faibka
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“Then finally the end arrives
when the body he was lent collapses and falls
prey to its death; ancestral possessions
and the goods he hoarded are inherited by another
who lets them go with a liberal hand”

Better to fill our life with experiences rather than possessions!

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Faibka
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“Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked,”

Lcsmcat ❤️ this translation! 4y
Faibka @Lcsmcat I‘m loving it! 4y
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wideeyedreader
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Book haul from today‘s trip! The only one I‘ve read is the tagged, but I have high hopes for the others

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VioletMoonBooks
Beowulf | Anonymous
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Lo! the Spear-Danes‘ glory through splendid achievements
The folk-kings‘ former fame we have heard of,
How princes displayed then their prowess-in-battle.
#Beowulf #firstline #openingline #book #books #funko #funkopop #popvinyl #Rumplestiltskin #FreddyFunko #booktattoo #booktree #bookthief #booktopia #booktoday #bookyourself #bookunion #bookutopia #bookunicorn #bookunicorns #bookish #bookishfeature #Classics #Poetry #Fiction #Fantasy #Literature

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Oryx
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My new Seamus Heaney book mark goes very well with my book, thanks @libby1

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻nice one 4y
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LibrarianRyan
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1. I love the Beowulf myth. There a new retelling I have a copy of -Boneless Mercies- I just haven‘t had a chance to read it yet.
2. None really
3. Grendel
4. Pandora
5. Hades
6. Way to many. psyche in a dress was interesting and in prose.

riversong153 I enjoyed The Mere Wife which was another retelling released last year (I think). 4y
LibrarianRyan @riversong153 I‘ll look that up. Thanks. 4y
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Reveurs
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📚 Beowulf - Beowulf
📺 Bruce Wayne - Gotham
🎬 Bucky Barnes - The Winter Soldier

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Mitch
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This sounds good...Ive never been there before (which excites me straight away!). Sitting by the fire, in an old Victorian pub, eating cake and hot chocolate, being read to....what more could you want for Qd. Might give it a go!

Emilymdxn Oooooooooooh I 💖 Beowulf 4y
HeatherBlue I‘m very jealous! I teach high school British lit, and this is my favorite piece to teach. Have fun!! 4y
Mitch @HeatherBlue I‘m really looking forward to having someone read it to me... 4y
LeahBergen I‘m so jealous! 4y
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MissAlyssHearts
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I bailed on this book before but then I took a “Intro to English Literature” class. Honestly, I tried reading it again and didn‘t get very far. Cliff notes and study buddies were my friend. Finally, today, I caved and listened to an abridged audiobook version. I understand why it‘s very important and now that I‘ve taken the class I understand it a lot more. Still not my thing.

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VioletMoonBooks
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mrsmarch
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@trueisa4letterword and I went down the rabbit hole this morning with “lik the bred” cow poems. This classic makes me lol so hard I cry. Now I can‘t shake the image of Grendel as a giant aurochs who just wants to lik the Danes but ends up accidentally eating them. 😂 #likthebred #cowpoems