|Fawning over an amazing, timeless epic.
||[Feb. 27th, 2008|12:46 pm]
To any of you who haven't read Beowulf: OMG, READ IT!
A couple weeks back, a painfully slow day at work was brought to me. Seven hours of no customers: just, dead. So I picked up a shelf copy of Beowulf and started reading. Lo and behold, I couldn't put it down! I read all but the last five pages that day and was aching to finish it the next.
Ari's obsessed with the story and has recommended it to me several times. He even has an e-book version on his cell phone and quotes it whenever possible; plus, he names the computers he builds after characters in it. Mine's named Hrothgar, after the wise king :P
After reading it myself I can see why he's so obsessed. This 1500-year-old epic poem is gripping, uplifting and thought-provoking, with edge-of-your-seat suspense. Indeed, Beowulf was as close as one gets to a REAL man: he was a strong protector capable of amazing feats, yet he never let it get to his head. He was wise, humble, and righteous. He was as fierce in his loyalties as he was in combat. He truly was "the greatest man that lived".
Plus, after reading this I finally know what inspired JRR Tolkien's style of writing. The prose in Beowulf, as translated from Anglo-Saxon, matches the passages found in his works. As a translator and scholar of Old English, he would have wished to mirror his writing on the old masterpieces he studied.
I cannot say enough how much I loved this epic. Read it, read it, and you'll see!