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it was amazing
bookshelves: christianity, classic-literature, fiction, highly-recommend, mythology, mythopoeia, read-multiple-times, recommend
Read in July, 2008 — I own a copy , read count: 2

One of the greatest tales of loss ever written.

The way the author tells the story powerfully expresses what it must have felt like when, during those same times, they watched their mighty pagan traditions of honor and bravery set out to sea forever, then to be replaced by the new culture of Christianity.

If you read it, make sure you also read J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Monsters and The Critics." The whole essay brings new insights to the story; my particular favorite part was his metaphorical statement that Beowulf is a story of youth and old age, the rising and setting of life, and the embracing of the dragon that comes for us all.

(Tolkein also mimiced the poetic assonance in the speach of "The Rider of the Rhohirim," in his Lord of the Rings saga. Once you've noticed it, its almost impossible not to hear it anymore).

Great story, certainly intend to read it again.
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