Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Veritable Beowulf Bonanza

Everywhere I look lately there is another retelling of the classic epic poem Beowulf. This Saturday, March 1st at 2:00pm we are showing the recent movie Beowulf, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Also, we just purchased a graphic novel version of Beowulf adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds. The children’s room just received a simplified and illustrated retelling of the epic poem: Beowulf, a hero’s tale retold by James Rumford. It is fascinating to me that we can still be retelling a story from so long ago. The only surviving manuscript for Beowulf, dates back to around 1000, and it is the earliest heroic poem in any modern language that still exists.

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