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The Tower of Beowulf by Parke Godwin
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Jun 05, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: challenge-2011-summer, vikings, norse-mythology, fantasy
Read from June 05 to 14, 2011

Parke Godwin stayed very close to the actual plot of the epic poem Beowulf. There's Grendel and Heorot Hall, just like the original poem. The changes the author made: added a backstory to Grendel and his mom; added romance; and, added a Christian monk (who became the moral authority in the novel). Each change made by Godwin moved the tale from a pagan tale of blood and glory towards a Christian fable (a process admittedly begun by the Christian monks centuries ago who wrote down the epic, pagan poem). The result didn't quite work. There were too many pagan elements to be a satisfactory Christian fable; and too much of the pagan elements were removed to stay true to the original poem. Still, it was an OK book read, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the original Beowulf poem.
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