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Beowulf by Julian Glover
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Jul 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mythology-and-folklore, poetry, illustrated
Read from July 11 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy

Adapted by actor Julian Glover as a one-man show he could put on between film roles, this is an abridgement of the Old English poem. Glover has pared away much of the peripheral material (genealogies, etc.) and presents the core of Beowulf's adventures: the battles with Grendel, Grendel's mother and the dragon.

This is a good, modern abridgement and as an introduction to the full poem is excellent. I saw a televised performance of the show a couple of years ago and it was very effective.

The text is illuminated with illustrations by Shelia Mackie, which enrich the text with depictions of Anglo-Saxon artefacts, animals and monsters.

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