The earliest extant heroic epic in any European vernacular, Beowulf is considered the most important poem in Old English. The title character is a warrior of superhuman strength who accomplishes glorious deeds to honor his king. He also represents the ideal lord and vassal, generous to his own men while fulfilling all the forms of courtesy at court. The narrative itself falls into two parts: Beowulf first rescues the royal house of Denmark from two marauding monsters; then, after having ruled his people peacefully for fifty years, he is called upon to combat a dragon that is terrorizing the countryside.
Combining mythical elements with actual historical figures and events, the narrative ranges from fierce action sequences to detailed portrayals of court life and earnest considerations of social and moral dilemmas, all in a tone of sustained grandeur.
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Mr. Gordon’s reading of this immortal and earliest indo-Europeans classic is absolutely perfect. He reads with such passion that you understand it and feel it and can visualize every part of it!
It often takes two to bring a saga to life- the original bard and it’s interpreter!
If you haven't read Beowulf, or listened to it, get this. It's worth listening to 1000000000000000000000000000 times.
The whole story, from the Grendel's to the dragon is here.
Also, this guy speaks properly, unlike the guy who speaks gobbledygook, in the other audiobook.
10 stars if possible!
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