Dec 29, 2003

The English Monster
I've been doing some thinking about myths again, so today I found myself poking the web for information on Beowulf and found this excellent site, http://www.heorot.dk. It has an online translation of the myth along side the Old English that tries for the literal translation.

Of interest: the original manuscript's first page; the Cambridge encyclopedia's Beowulf entry; comparisons to rap, with it's style and in the Old Germanic/Anglia practice of flyting; articles on why you should read Beowulf that aren't convincing at all, except as good examples of why one doesn't defend liberal arts on practical grounds short of the Good Life; Beowulf's two mystical swords are named Hrunting, which he borrowed from Unferth to kill Grendel's mother, and Naegling, with which he uses to kill the dragon; the Beowulf comic books; "Beowulf" used for computer projects; an example of Beowulf scholars examining the manuscripts and debating the text.

The illustrations:
the myth of men and monsters,
Beowulf,
The Geat's sail to find Grendel,
Beowulf and Unferth flyting,
Grendel in Heorot Hall, Grendel in Heorot Hall II,
Grendel's rampage,
Beowulf wrestles with Grendel,
Beowulf tears and arm off Grendel,
Beowulf fights Grendel's mother,
carrying the hideous head,
Beowulf and the dragon, Beowulf and the dragon II,
Beowulf the King,
Beowulf dying,
Beowulf's pyre.