Johnston, Ruth A.

A companion to Beowulf / Ruth Johnston Staver. - Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005. - 227 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-218) and index.

Choosing a translation -- The hero comes to Denmark -- Beowulf versus Grendel -- Beowulf versus Grendel's mother -- Beowulf versus 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.

"The first part of the book provides information of interest to a wide range of readers, while the second covers more specialized topics. Thus the initial chapters review the merits of different translations and offer a detailed plot summary, while later chapters discuss the poem's language and style, its treatment of religion, its relation to Anglo-Saxon culture, and its legacy in popular culture. One of the greatest Beowulf scholars was J. R. R. Tolkien, and the book gives special attention to his use of the poem in his own fiction. High school students, undergraduates, and general readers will find this book a valuable guide to one of the most challenging yet enduring works of English literature."--BOOK JACKET.

031333224X (hdbk. : alk. paper) 9780313332241 (hdbk. : alk. paper)


GBA548380 bnb

013215340 Uk

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Scandinavia--In literature--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

PR1585 / .S73 2005