Grendel gives Holly hope

He rejected my second proposal as well. But now stage 1 of wizard angst/childbirth is hopefully over. I think I've finally, finally found a topic I can work with, back in Beowulf. Here is the section I'm focusing on (lines 86-114):

Then a powerful demon, a prowler through the dark,
nursed a hard grievance. It harrowed him
to hear the din of the loud banquet
every day in the hall, the harp being struck
and the clear song of a skilled poet
telling with mastery of man's beginnings,
how the Almighty had made the earth
a gleaming plain girdled with waters;
in His splendour He set the sun and the moon
to be earth's lamplight, lanterns for men,
and filled the broad lap of the world
with branches and leaves; and quickened life
in every other thing that moved.

So times were pleasant for the people there
until finally one, a fiend out of hell,
began to work his evil in the world.
Grendel was the name of this grim demon
haunting the marches, marauding round the heath
and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time
in misery among the banished monsters,
Cain's clan, whom the Creator had outlawed
and condemned as outcasts. For the killing of Abel
the Eternal Lord had exacted a price:
Cain got no good from committing that murder
because the Almighty made him anathema
and out of the curse of his exile there sprang
ogres and elves and evil phantoms
and the giants too who strove with God
time and again until He gave them their reward.

2 comments:

hwalk 11/30/2007 11:54 AM  

I am 100% happy that I haven't had to read Beowulf yet. I never really want to.

cuileann 11/30/2007 12:15 PM  

I actually quite enjoyed Beowulf. I could have read it as pleasure reading, I think.

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