Beowulf The Great
The one story that stands out the most in Anglo-Saxon bards history is Beowulf. This heroic story, translated by Burton Raffel, tells of a hero’s journey to conquer the evil in his land. The creature that Beowulf is called to destroy is a monstrosity that goes by the name of Grendal. Beowulf fakes sleeping and waits for the beast to snatch at him. He surprises the monster when he grabs his claws and puts him into submission.
Beowulf’s abyss is when he is battling the demon Grendal. “That of evil, guardian of crime, knew at once that nowhere on Earth had he met a man who’s hands were harder; his mind flooded with fear-but nothing could take is talons and himself from the tight hard grip”(33). He had the monster at his mercy, only he could decide the fate at which would come to that of the name of Grendal.
`The revelation came to the danes when the herd of excited warriors came back from the kill. “Then the old and young rejoiced, turned back from a happy pilgrimage, mounted their hard hoofed horses, high spirited stallions, and rode them slowly toward Herot again, retelling Beowulf’s bravery as they jogged along”(35). Beowulf was triumphant over the evil Grendal.
All was calm in the great land of Denmark, no more evil to threaten the lives of the innocent. ”And over and over they swore that nowhere on Earth or under the spreading sky or between the seas neither south nor north, was there a warrior worthier to rule over man”(35).
Beowulf could finally sleep in peace knowing that the demon of the world had been slain. Beowulf’s adventure was over, the hero had done what he had been called to do, destroy the mutilator of man, the nightmare of children, Grendal.
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