Monthly Archives: February 2012

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

WHIGH TELLS of Beowulf’s reception among the Danes, his encounter with GRENDEL and with GRENDEL’S MOTHER.   ON AND ON, through the vast, dense forests of Daneland, Beowulf and his companions toiled, until the sweat stood out in drops upon … Continue reading

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

THE way led for a little time through woodland cleared of all underbrush, where at night and in the light of the flares the company seemed to be passing through some vast mysterious dwelling-place; so tall were the trees that … Continue reading

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

FOR seven days and seven nights there were great preparations in the halls of Hygelac the Geat, that Beowulf might go on his adventure fully equipped for whatever awaited him in Daneland. From the group of companions who hid- come … Continue reading

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

“Lords of Geatsland and earls of Hygelac,” he shouted, as the minstrel finished the song, am the son of Ecgtheow and of Hygelac’s sister, and in olden times this Hrothgar was a war-brother of my father. Therefore I claim kinship … Continue reading

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The Story of Beowulf – Part III – The epic poem retold as a story especially for the younger generation

WHEN Beowulf had at last reached the full tide of his manhood, and been admitted to the circle of Hygelac’s personal retainers, a feast was held one night in the king’s drinking-hall. From all over Geatsland famous warriors and earls … Continue reading

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The Saga of Beowulf – the epic poem retold as a story especially for the younger generation

AMONG the number of youths who were in thrall to Hygelac was Beowulf, his nephew. Like so many great heroes of old, Beowulf was the son of his king’s sister. As a small boy, Beowulf had shown such strength of … Continue reading

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The Story of Beowulf – the epic poem retold as a story

Today we start the serialisation of “The Story of Beowulf”. This is the 3,100 line epic poem re-written as a story by Strafford Riggs. This is ideal as an introduction to sagas for the younger generations……. I WHICH TELLS something … Continue reading

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