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Author Johnston, Ruth A.

Title A companion to Beowulf / Ruth Johnston Staver
Published Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 227 pages) : illustrations
Contents Choosing a Translation -- The Hero Comes to Denmark -- Beowulf vs. Grendel -- Beowulf vs. Grendel's Mother -- Beowulf vs. the Dragon -- Literary Techniques -- Placing Beowulf on a Timeline -- Language and Poetry -- Religion in Beowulf -- Anglo-Saxon Culture -- Modern Adaptations of Beowulf -- The Beowulfian World of J.R.R. Tolkien
Summary Perhaps the most important work written in Old English, Beowulf grew out of a culture very different from ours, and yet its story of war, violence, and heroism remains relevant to modern readers. Accessible to high school students, general readers, and undergraduates, this companion overviews the poem and its legacy. The initial chapters review the plot of Beowulf, while later chapters discuss its style and language, its cultural and historical contexts, and its afterlife in contemporary popular culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-218) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Beowulf -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Dragons in literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Epic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Heroes in literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Monsters in literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Scandinavian and Nordic Countries -- In literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Handbooks and manuals.
Handbooks and manuals.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0313027293 (electronic bk.)
9780313027291 (electronic bk.)
(hdbk. ; alk. paper)