Beowulf by Barry Tharaud

By Barry Tharaud

This translation of the ninth-century epic poem, thought of the 1st nice paintings of English literature, used to be initially meant for nonnative audio system of English with the goal of lowering problems found in the outdated English variety.

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You will lack for nothing if you escape with your life from this fight. Then Hrothgar, protector of the Scyldings, departed from the hall with his company of warriors; the chieftain sought the bed of Queen Wealhtheow. Men say that Lord Hrothgar was protected by the King of Glory, who had appointed a hall-guard against Grendel: A guardian spirit had a special mission to keep watch against monsters. The leader of the Geats also trusted in the King of Glory, who favored him with such great might: He removed his chain-mail corselet, and took off the helmet from his head; he handed his engraved sword of finest steel to an attendant, and bade the thane keep watch over his arms.

The waves boiled, and the wintry billows swelled. Seven nights you labored in the realm of the sea, but Breca was stronger, and he outstripped you at swimming. On the morning of the eighth day the sea cast him up on the Norwegian coast, and from there he sought his own homeland, where he is dear to his countrymen and has subjects and a stronghold full of treasure. Breca, the son of Beanstan, carried out his boast against you: He fulfilled his words with deeds. Therefore, although you have prevailed before in the storm of battle, I expect you will see the worst of a grim battle if you dare wait for Grendel all night long.

Furthermore, if the individual is dependent on society for security and a sense of coherence in his life, society is in turn dependent on a strong and skillful leader for its survival. Paradoxically, however, some of the qualities required of a great leader to ensure the survival of society are individualistic qualities that may threaten to isolate the leader from the very society that he tries to preserve and that gives meaning to his life. For example, the great deeds of the hero are tests to determine the sort of stuff he is made of: It is conventional for the hero to make a boast that refers to past accomplishments and declares what he is about to achieve.

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