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Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The Anglo-Saxon saga retold in excellent English prose, with the heroic qualities emphasized. Relates how Beowulf, the hero of the Anglo-Saxons, journeys to Daneland, and how he overcomes Grendel, the ogre, and his mother, the water witch, then returns to his own land to serve as king. After 50 years of peace, the fire dragon makes war on the Goth folk and Beowulf goes for ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 13th 2005 by Yesterday's Classics
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Oct 13, 2011 Bryan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who would like to read Beowulf without the Middle-English
Beowulf is great. This is just a simplified version that keeps the original story beats and descriptions, while updating/cutting many of the archaic Middle-English language elements. The result is that it's much easier to read, especially when you're listening on audio! :)

There's a fantastic free audio version of this which you can find on here:
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Mar 17, 2017 Eloise Sunshine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Üks korralik seiklusjutt ühe kangelase elust. Võideldud sai vaprasti, kuningad jagasid ning nukraid hetki kui ka kallihinnalisi turviseid ja mõõku kangelastegude eest. Kollid said tapetud, kuulsusrikkad laulud sellest loodud, lõpuks langes ka lohe ning Beowulf ise koos temaga.

Üks huvitav tähelepanek aga taas. Ikka ja jälle käib erinevate rahvaste pärimustest ja müütidest läbi viide hiiglastele. Erinevalt dinosaurustest näivad paljude eri paikkondade esivanemad olnud nendega kokku puutunud, mitte
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Aug 29, 2013 L. Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a wonder to consider the fact that an epic translated for children in the first years of the 20th century could be so compelling to adults over a hundred years later. The truth is that time takes our words from us, glutting itself upon the pages of fragile dictionaries and encyclopedias causing them to hemorrhage vocabulary until only echoes of understanding remain, until the elders of the future speak as the children of the past. Because of this, trying to tackle direct translations of an ...more
Mar 21, 2008 Maryruth rated it liked it
I liked reading about Beowulf without the confusing language. The boys really liked it, too - they pretended that I was Grendel.
Jun 01, 2012 Elise added it
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There's no shame in consulting the works of H. E. Marshall as an adult if you've missed some of the wonderful stories she retells.
Sep 09, 2010 K. rated it it was amazing
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Selection for Joel's 2010-2011 boys group "Heroes."

Wonderful! Small selections translated from the epic poem. Done in 1902--the author tried to make it as authentic as possible. I would have to pick up a full-text copy again to make sure, but from what I remember about the original, I felt Marshall stayed very true to the tone and feel. The language was beautiful, poetic and moving. I think it is a perfect introduction to the original for children. Joel (11+) could have handled it well if it ha
Aug 26, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually my first exposure to the Beowulf story. I read it both to see if I wanted to read it to my son (almost 6yo) and to give myself an introduction to the story. This telling is more than a hundred years old, so it's not too surprising that it would be over most children's heads today. For instance, all of the dialogue is King James-ish. Nevertheless, I think I'll give it a try with my son and see if he can follow and enjoy the story. As for me, I'm moving on to the Heaney and Tolki ...more
Oct 24, 2016 TOM rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, myths
Totally relate to Grendel, who loathes the happy jolly menfolk in Hart Hall and sets about destroying them. I read John Gardner's version of Beowulf from the viewpoint of Grendel earlier this year, which is fabulous.

This is a very well adapted version for children, and certainly doesn't diminish the original in the attempt. Would make a good bedtime story, what with all the limb ripping and whatnot. Reminded me in parts of Tolkien's 'Farmer Giles of Ham', and I think children/adults who liked th
Lara Fritz
This was a book read by my 10th grade class that I missed because I was in an "advanced" reading group working on Antigone.

I thought I should go back and fill in the gaps but was disappointed with this work. Perhaps I needed the 10th grade literary discussion to appreciate this work as a whole and understand more thoughtfully its contribution to Western civ. and to modern fictional drama.

I should add that this was "read" through Librevox recordnings from the Audiobooks app.
Sep 27, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-kids
Very well-done children's version of Beowulf. I loved the language of it, kept in the "old" style, although when I suggested to Rushton (9-yr old) he may have to read some on his own he said he wouldn't understand it if he read it on his own. He enjoyed listening to it though. (I think.) It's a great read aloud for kids, especially boys!
Jun 08, 2011 Michele rated it really liked it
I read this with dd10 during our medieval studies this past year. I wouldn't say she was thrilled, but we were able to discuss quite a bit and compare this retelling to The Hobbit and, of course, Star Wars. ;)
Oct 24, 2008 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Loved it. Great way of putting it kindly for kids, but letting them in on a great piece of literature.
Fiona Endsley
An excellent retelling of Beowulf for the kids, it's recommended for ages eight and up, but if read to them, it is good for the younger ones as well, my five year old liked it a lot!
Feb 12, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medi-ren-history
Excellent retelling of Beowulf.
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Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (usually credited as H. E. Marshall) was a British author, particularly well known for her works of popular national history for children.

H. E. Marshall is famous for her 1905 children's history of England, Our Island Story: A History of England for Boys and Girls, illustrated by A. S. Forrest. In the USA the book was entitled An Island Story. The book was a bestseller
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