Beowulf (Beowulf #1-3)
The epic tale of the great warrior Beowulf has thrilled readers through the ages — and now it is reinvented for a new generation with Gareth Hinds’s masterful illustrations. Grendel’s black blood runs thick as Beowulf defeats the monster and his hid ...more
Yes, yes there is!
So I'm giving this book four stars because it's a GRAPHIC NOVEL OF BEOWULF. And it's done very beautifully, the art is amazing and freaky! But I wanted to love it more, and what I didn't love was the text. I would have killed to see Tolkien's or Seamus Heaney's translation used, something nice and poetic and in the spirit of the original. But it re ...more
Gareth Hinds shows that the graphic novel media is perfect for telling this story to modern audiences.
These drawings would be even more amazing in large format.
The book is well designed, carefully laid out and printed on a good grade of glossy paper.
I loved the brutally beautiful phrasing. To speak, Beowulf “unlocked his word hoard.” He entered the hall, and “majesty lodged there.” He wore armor of “webbed mail.” He battled a dragon with “molten venom,” who was “threatening the night sky with streamers of fire.” When Beowulf crushed someone, he “wrecked his ...more
Take me back and remind me that before the skyscrapers and the planes and the ships there where vessels, hovels, and Lords.
I have this thought quite often. I love history ( beyond AP USA) and am often drawn to novels which depict hero's in their prime. Beowulf is possibly the most powerful of all these epics. Not only does it pull you in with its vivid story but it itself is a testament to the changing english language.
Perhaps I will enjoy this more when I am not forced to read it for uni.
I liked it better than most adaptations of Beowulf I've read. I particularly liked how real the clothes, armour, ships, and surroundings in general looked. I've never before seen someone depict the sea monsters in Beowulf's boast-tale as actual sea creatures, either, which was interesting.
It also lent more c ...more
I also really enjoyed the art for this graphic novel. While I had read other graphic novel depictions of Beowulf, this is up there as my #2 version for its depictions and level of emotion in ...more
I wasn’t sure what to make of this retelling of Beowulf. The art was often hit and miss for me and there were a lot of choices I didn’t agree with, or didn’t understand.
I’m not sure I agree with portr ...more
As this isn't a translation or academic take on Beowulf, and is an adaptation of a translation I have not read, I will refrain from commenting on the quality of said translation. As an adaptation to suit a graphic novel, the text is well-suitable and easy to follow, if not what I usually look for in a reading of Beowulf. There are certain things that were left out for pacing that I would have liked to see, but I can't be overly harsh on that front as it is an adaptation, not a tr ...more
The main focus is Beowulf's three fights against Grendel, Grendel's Mother, and the Dragon. The first two books, those about Grendel and Grendel's Mother, are hard to read because the art is so messy and the panels are arranged so that people unfamiliar with the poem would probably have a tough time. The artwork in the third book is much better, and the dragon is well done. Hinds did leave quite a bit of direct ...more
Overall story is the Beowulf mythos; fighting Grendal, Grendal's mother and than in Beowulf's old age, the dragon. What this version got right: the graphics. They are stunning! They fit the era and the dramatic, epic feel of the saga, they were brilliant, no issues with them. Where the mistakes were made: the prose. There's a reason this story has survived so long in it's original forms and I think it's a mistake to "dumb down" (I mean translate) the pros...more
In Beowulf, the joy of success was transient. In the first battle against Grendel, Beowulf took one arm of Grendel and hung it high, but the joy was soon broken by the second attack of Grendel. Another obvious transition from joy to sorrow happened at the end of the novel, where Beowulf’s success on killing the dragon was overwhelmed by the sorrow of his upcoming death. ...more
So in this book the king builds a great hall and has many big and magnificent parties in it. But then one night a monster named Grendel comes and destroys the guard’s guarding the hall. And this happens all lot after this. And finally Beowulf hears about it and he comes and decided that he will best Grendel in a fight.
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The illustrations are great and the language that the author us ...more
I can understand why Be ...more
This book is about a kingdom called Hrothgar where a king reigns, and one day they decide to build a massive hall to solidify their kingdom, but only to find that the fen did not like their decision to build such a thing. Soon they send a beast named Grendel and massive ogre like figure comes to hall Hereot in silence and destr ...more
Gareth Hinds lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.