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Beowulf - cover designed by David Laufer, 1978 Infinitely better than the cover on our school copies.

Grendel - A demon descended from Cain, Grendel preys on Hrothgar’s warriors in the king’s mead-hall, Heorot. Because his ruthless and miserable existence is part of the retribution exacted by God for Cain’s murder of Abel, Grendel fits solidly within the ethos of vengeance that governs the world of the poem.

This is Beowulf, stripped of his armor, clothing, and weapons fighting Grendel. He has too much pride in himself, but at least he can backup his pride by actions.

Had to read this for a class in High School, but I fell in love and finished it ahead of time!

Beowulf was a hero. He helped the Danish king Hrothgar by killing the monster Grendel, and later the monster's mother. He reigned over the Geats for 50 years, until his kingdom was threatened by an angry dragon. When all his companions fled, one stayed: the young chieftain Wiglaf, who helped Beowulf kill the dragon. However, Beowulf became weakened by the dragon's poisonous breath, and, seeing that he was going to die, he left the dragon's hoard, along with his neck ring and armor, to Wiglaf.

He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.

"some books are meant / to be read just like this / alone, with the evening, / a bowl of fruit ripening / waiting for the reader / to grow hungry, but / she won't, the book / will devour her, / and it / will soon / become / morning."

Beowulf and the Dragon During the battle Beowulf's men who had pledged their life to him flee all but one. Beowulf loses the battles and in memory becomes a great hero.

um... Grendel... I guess...

Beowulf is challenged by a Danish coast guard, Evelyn Paul (1911).