Item description for Beowulf the Warrior (Living History Library) by Ian Serrailier, Mark Severin & Lydia Reynolds...
Overview Location: Europe, Denmark Time Period: Early Middle Ages (500-1000 A.D.) Denmark 500s Here is a reprint of a spirited version of the oldest English verse epic. With power and memorable simplicity, Ian Serraillier has retold the heroic saga of the warrior who in his youth delivered Hrothgar the Dane from Grendel, the night-prowling monster; and who in his old age fought his last victorious but fatal battle against the dreadful dragon who ravaged the land of the Geats. The master storyteller Serraillier has rewoven in modern narrative verse the energy and vividness of this original work of art. Illustrated by Severin.
Publishers Description "Beowulf the Warrior is an outstanding modern version of the oldest epic in the English language. Ian Serraillier has retold in verse the story of the hero Beowulf and his three memorable exploits--first, his rescuing of Hrothgar the Dane from the ravages of monstrous Grendel; next, his victory over Grendel's strange and horrible mother; and finally, in Beowulf's old age, his saving of his own people, the Geats, from the horrors of a dragon at the cost of his life. Beowulf's heroism and noble heart communicate to any modern listener.
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Studio: Bethlehem Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1997
Publisher Bethlehem books
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Living History Library
ISBN 1883937035 ISBN13 9781883937034
Availability 0 units.
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Brilliant edition for young readers May 8, 2007
This handy edition of Beowulf has the virtue of being easily approachable by an average reader, whereas some of the other translations I've seen have almost been like reading the original Anglo-Saxon itself. The translation reads easily yet retains the flavor and rhythms of the ancient epic.
Though it's still a little advanced for my kids (under age 6), it will definitely be bedtime fare in the not-too-distant future. For those unfamiliar with the story, it tells the tale of Beowulf and his battles against awful Grendel, the hideous mother of Grendel, and the terrible fire-breathing dragon. This edition includes a number of illustrations which will certainly help draw younger readers into the story.
If you enjoyed Beowulf and want to know more about the Anglo-Saxon language, you might try A Book For The Beginner In Anglo-saxon: Comprising A Short Grammar and Some Selections from the Gospels. If you just like epic poems, there's also The Laviniad: An Epic Poem which is an epic in the Trojan War cycle written by a modern author and the classic The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton.
Very entertaining bedtime story. Jan 9, 1999
My children (6 and 7 years old) thoroughly enjoyed listening to how the mighty and brave Beowulf defeated the evil Grendel and his Mother. The book is written very well and lends itself to a great deal of imagery. I was very glad this classic could be written in a manner that small children could understand and enjoy this great story.