A companion to Beowulf / Ruth Johnston Staver.Material type: TextPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005Description: 227 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 031333224X (hdbk. : alk. paper); 9780313332241 (hdbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Beowulf -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Epic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Scandinavia -- In literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Monsters in literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Dragons in literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Heroes in literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etcDDC classification: 829/.3 LOC classification: PR1585 | .S73 2005Other classification: 18.05 | HH 1564
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -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.
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CHOICE ReviewA quick reference to Beowulf and its cultural background, this book offers a clear discussion intended to convey factual information rather than engage in cultural controversy. In addition to the expected material on Beowulf's arrival, the three battles, and his death, Staver (an independent scholar) includes chapters on the literary techniques in the poem, religion, Anglo Saxon culture, and modern adaptations of Beowolf. The volume concludes with a chapter titled "The Beowulfian World of J.R.R. Tolkien." All the quotations are in modern English, but the author offers a few passages in Old English (in addition to a photograph of the first page of manuscript). The book concludes with a glossary of names as well as the standard scholarly apparatus. Nonspecialists and teachers who need a quick reference to various parts of Beowulf will appreciate this book; readers who require a more scholarly approach will prefer Andy Orchard's A Critical Companion to Beowulf (CH, Jun'03, 40-5673). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers. L. L. Bronson emeritus, Central Michigan University
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Ruth Johnston Staver is an independent scholar who specializes in Old English language and literature. She has extensive experience teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and has published on such topics as historical linguistics.