Beowulf and Other Old English Poems by Constance Hieatt

By Constance Hieatt

Special and lovely, Beowulf brings to existence a society of violence and honor, fierce warriors and bloody battles, lethal monsters and well-known swords. Written by means of an unknown poet in concerning the 8th century, this masterpiece of Anglo-Saxton literature transforms legends, fable, heritage, and historic songs into the richly coloured story of the hero Beowulf, the loathsome man-eater Grendel, his vengeful water-hag mom, and a treasure-hoarding dragon. The earliest surviving epic poem in any sleek ecu language. Beowulf is a stirring portrait of a heroic world–somber, immense, and sumptuous.

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Tarma had been impressed with the quarters and the town; the inhabitants were easy, cheerful and friendly - which spoke of good behavior on the part of the meres. The Hawks' winter quarters were better than those of many standing armies, and Tarma had especially approved of the tall wooden palisade that stretched across the entrance to Hawksnest, a palisade guarded by both Hawks and townsmen. And the Hawks themselves - as rumor had painted them - were a tight and disciplined group; drilling even in the slack season, and showing no sign of winter-born softness.

But the current pair of bright-eyed lovelies was sent pouting away when straw-haired Ikan answered their knock and discovered just who it was chat had chosen to descend upon himself and his partner. One of the innkeeper's quick-footed offspring was summoned then, and sent off for food and ale - for neither Justin nor his shieldbrother would hear a word of serious talk until everyone was settled and comfortable at their hearth, meat and drink at their elbows. Justin and Ikan took their hospitality very seriously.

The scout had been barely conscious by the time they'd pounded up to the Sunhawk camp. " "Teach me to steal eggs, why don't you? Tell me something I don't know," Tarma snapped, ice-blue eyes narrowed in irritation, harsh voice and craggy-featured scowl making her look more like a hawk than ever. Oops. A little too near the bone, I think. "Temper," Kethry cautioned; it had taken years of partnership for them to be able to say the right thing at the right time to each other, but these days they seldom fouled the relationship.

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