Beowulf

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Stephan Grundy

From his humble beginnings, Stephan Grundy/Kveldulf Gundarsson would make his mark on the world by writing on the rarest and obscure myths breathing new life

Synopsis

A fat, dreamy child, disappointing to his famous berserker father, Berki is given the mocking name Beowulf by his fellow youths. His love for the maiden Hygd drives him to his first heroic contest, in the course of which he is swept up by the wild passions of the sea-gods ninth daughter. Coming back from the sea’s depths to the Geatish court, Beowulf discovers that he is no longer an object of mockery: his troll-like size, strength, and the lingering touch of the Otherworld upon him make him feared where he was once despised. Now Beowulf’s true strife lies before him: the struggle to remain human among humans while accepting the sorrows and loneliness of his Otherworldly nature; to use his monster’s strength to defend the earth from the ravages of troll and dragon; and to stand, at last, like a true king for the folk who once thought him worthless.

Chapters

There are 12 chapters to the novel Beowulf. The story is written to be a continuous narrative that has no real 'breaks' between. The story follows the adventures of Beowulf through his life and intersects it with the author's own interpretations.

Excerpt

"Of all my works to date, Beowulf has been by far the longest in the making. I started preparing for it as an undergraduate at Southern Methodist University in 1989, when I undertook an independent studies project on Beowulf under the enthusiastic guidance of Dr. Bonnie Wheeler." Excerpt from Page 554

Fun Facts

Beowulf (/ˈbəwʊlf/;[2] Old EnglishBēowulf  [ˈbeːowulf]) is an Old English epic poem consisting of 3,182 alliterative lines. It is one of the most important works of Old English literature. The date of composition is a matter of contention among scholars; the only certain dating pertains to the manuscript, which was produced between 975 and 1025.[3] The anonymous poet is referred to by scholars as the "Beowulf poet".[4]

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