Monthly Archives: February 2012

THE SAGA OF BEOWULF – Part XIV – rewritten as a story especially for the younger generations

ON THE shore of the lake into which Beowulf had plunged Hrothgar and his retainers had stayed for some time, but at last, giving up all hope of ever beholding the hero again, they returned to their homes. Only the … Continue reading

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THE SAGA OF BEOWULF – Part XIII – rewritten as a story especially for the younger generations

DOWN, down, down he sank. At first he could see nothing, and the dark water sang in his ears and lay about his body like a thick mantle. He felt things brushing against his legs and body, soft things that … Continue reading

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The Saga of Beowulf – Part XII – rewritten as a story especially for the younger generations

BUT the day following, there suddenly arrived before Hrothgar a messenger, his face all twisted with fear, and his legs so shaking beneath him that they could scarce support his frame. And so distraught was this wild-eyed man that Hrothgar … Continue reading

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The Saga of Beowulf – Part XI – rewritten as a story especially for the younger generations

WHEN dawn crept clear and untroubled across the woodland and touched the gold-bright hall of Heorot, there came from all quarters the subjects and servants of Hrothgar the king. In twos and threes they came at first, then in a … Continue reading

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The Saga of Beowulf – Part X – rewritten as a story especially for the younger generations

SILENTLY they fought in the fog-strewn hall of Heorot. Silently their bodies twisted and bent, this way and that, and Beowulf kept Grendel’s huge hands with their long claws of sharp bone from him, and Grendel in turn sought to … Continue reading

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The Saga of Beowulf – Part IX – rewritten as a story especially for the younger generations

THE fires were burnt out on the hearths when the last of Hrothgar’s train had departed. Then Beowulf and his companions set themselves to fastening tightly the door of the hall. They secured it with wooden bolts and tied it … Continue reading

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The Saga of Beowulf – Part VIII – rewritten as a story especially for the younger generations

THAT night, after Beowulf and his companions had rested, for the first time in twelve years there was a great banquet in the hall of Heorot. The place was decorated with fine hangings, the goldbright roof burnished until it shone … Continue reading

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