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Beowulf: A New Translation af Maria Dahvana…

Beowulf: A New Translation (udgave 2020)

af Maria Dahvana Headley (Forfatter)

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Beowulf first rescues the royal house of Denmark from two marauding monsters, then returns to rule his people for 50 years, ultimately losing his life in a battle to defend the Geats from a dragon's rampage.
Titel:Beowulf: A New Translation
Forfattere:Maria Dahvana Headley (Forfatter)
Info:FSG (2020), Edition: Translation, 176 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Beowulf af Beowulf Poet

  1. 224
    Grendel af John Gardner (lyzadanger, sweetandsyko, sturlington)
    lyzadanger: Stunning prose from the point of view of the monster.
    sturlington: Grendel is a retelling of Beowulf from the monster's pov.
  2. 150
    Homers Iliade af Homer (benmartin79)
  3. 142
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight af Gawain Poet (OwenGriffiths, chrisharpe)
    OwenGriffiths: If you like Old/Middle English texts translated by great poets...
  4. 144
    Hobbitten eller Ud og hjem igen af J. R. R. Tolkien (benmartin79)
  5. 101
    Nibelungenlied af Anonymous (Weasel524)
    Weasel524: Embodies and champions the same spirit/ideals commonly shared by norse mythology, scandanavian sagas, and northern germanic folklore. Significantly longer and different in structure, should that be of concern
  6. 101
    The Icelandic Sagas af Magnus Magnusson (BGP)
  7. 102
    Dødsæderne af Michael Crichton (PaulRackleff)
    PaulRackleff: Michael Crichton had written "Eaters of the Dead" as a means to show Beowulf's story value. The character names and plot line are very similar. Though Crichton changed some elements to make it more interesting than just a copy of Beowulf.
  8. 82
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight / Pearl / Cleanness / Patience af A. C. Cawley (OwenGriffiths)
  9. 71
    The Táin af Táin author (BGP)
  10. 61
    The Sagas of Icelanders af Örnólfur Thorsson (chrisharpe)
  11. 40
    The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics) af Michael Alexander (octothorp)
  12. 74
    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders af Neil Gaiman (moonstormer)
    moonstormer: the short story in Fragile Things - Monarch of the Glen - is very related to Beowulf and could be seen as an interesting commentary.
  13. 31
    The Mere Wife af Maria Dahvana Headley (Cecrow)
  14. 14
    Opened Ground: Poems 1966–1996 af Seamus Heaney (JessamyJane)

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A very easy listen, an interesting tale full of lovely poetic language and heroism. The audiobook has an introduction from the translator that is worth the listen as well. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
***Who sucked me in***
The lovely people who were participating in the livestream of the video: Hugo Awards Shortlist Reactions on the channel of Kalanadi on YouTube.

Also this article: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/27/906423831/bro-this-is-not-the-beowulf-you-think-y...

(That made me laugh so much)
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
I've read Beowulf twice before: once in high school (no idea what translation) and once in grad school (Seamus Heaney). Maria Dahvana Headley's new translation (in?)famously updates the language, using constructions like "Hashtag: blessed" (l. 622) and "Previously prone to calling bullshit" (l. 980) and rendering the opening hwæt as "Bro!" (l. 1) It's that latter choice that I think is the most interesting; Headley plays up the boasting. This is a story of men telling stories about the prowess of men, both their own and that of others. I read a review by a medievalist that said Headley "insists on its emptiness and bullying element" but though that might be true in the paratext, I don't think it comes across in the actual text. Beowulf is a braggart, but Beowulf can do what he says he can do-- and more!

Here's a sample passage of bragging (I basically opened the book at random and hit one), from when Beowulf is introducing himself to King Hrothgar:

"Every elder knew I was the man for you, and blessed
my quest, King Hrothgar, because where I'm from?
I'm the strongest and the boldest, and the bravest and the best
Yes: I mean—I
may have bathed in the blood of beasts,
netted five foul ogres at once, smashed my way into a troll den
and come out swinging, gone skinny-dipping in a sleeping sea
and made sashimi of some sea monsters.
Anyone who fucks with the Geats? Bro, they have to fuck with me.
They're asking for it, and I deal them death."
(ll. 414-22)

These were the passages that sung the most for me, and are incredibly fun to read aloud. I'm no poet or even an analyst of poetry, so I can't tell you much about why it works for me, but I think Headley captures the way men talk about their accomplishments. There's some excellent alliteration, and also I like the way the register changes. Lines 417-20 may use some modern language, but they have a poetic, slightly archaic feeling (it's the long sentence, I think), and then you're suddenly thrown into the very unpoetic boast of line 421, which could come straight out of, I dunno, hip-hop lyrics.

Another review I read talks about how the last third of the poem (where Beowulf fights the dragon) has much less modernized language. I don't know if that's right per se, but it does have a lot less boasting. But I think that's on purpose: Beowulf is an old man now, and an old king. All his friends and enemies are dead; his renown was such that there hasn't even been a war for him to fight because everyone is afraid to attack the Geats while he rules. So who does he have left to boast to or boast of? He goes out killing a dragon, but it's almost tragic, in the sense that one feels like Beowulf deserved better! He comes across as a tired old man grateful for a fight that will kill him, so he doesn't have to die in his sleep, but it's not a fight that would have rated had it happened when he was in the prime of life. As he embarks to kill the dragon, the narrator portrays him as missing old friends and enemies:

The old king fell to his knees on the cliff point
Stricken, suddenly unsteady, he foresaw his fate
in the fog, shrouded but certain. For a moment,
he felt for his old foes, fen-bound, embarking alone.
Soon, soon, his own lease would expire,
evicting him from hall, hearth, and home.
(ll. 2418, 2421-25)

That said, I agree, it's much less fun to read that part of the poem, even if there's good reason for the shift in tone.

There's a lot you can talk about here; (as the review I quoted above says) Headley's lasting influence will probably be her insistence that most of the language that is usually translated as indicating Grendel's mother is a monster is, when used to describe men, not translated in such a way; the phrase others have translated as "inhuman troll-wife" or "monstrous hell-bride," she renders as "formidable noblewoman"! (pp. xxiii-xxv) I really enjoyed reading it, and it makes me want to dig into Beowulf again, and makes me miss hanging out with medievalists as I did in grad school.

Speaking of which, I read this because it is a finalist for the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Related Work, and this is surely the first Hugo finalist to thank someone I went to grad school with in the Acknowledgements!
  Stevil2001 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Stunning, subversive, and beautiful. I loved Heaney's version of Beowulf but this was truly lovely and wild, with all the piss taking braggadaxious rollicking humor and bittersweet angry tragedy of the original. In an academic sense this is a brilliant translation. And in a literary sense it's an enormously enjoyable read.

I would LOVE to see this done as a play or performance. I can envision it so easily in my head. Definitely going to read The Mere Wife. ( )
  Sunyidean | Sep 7, 2021 |
The last of my four "classic" tales (the others being The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aenead).

I think I enjoyed this one more than The Aenead, simply because it was more to the point, however despite the brevity of this story overall, it still seemed to ramble.

Oh, and Beowulf takes on a dragon? Who knew? Not I!

Once again, I find myself "knowing" the story of Beowulf, until I go through the narrative and—in this case—realize I knew the first half only. The parts where Beowulf kicks Grendel's ass, then Grendel's mother's ass. I thought that was where it ended, to be quite honest.

(Sidenote: after having read this, does anyone else have a hankering for Weird Al Yankovic to take on Fountain's of Wayne's Stacy's Mom song and change it to a parody called Grendel's Mom? End of sidenote.)

After the big, glorious battles of The Iliad and The Odyssey, I found, what should have been the most epic of battles here somewhat...truncated? Short? Underwhelming?

So, overall, while I'm very glad I know the full story now, and I'm glad I went through this epic poem, I was hoping for a bit more. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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At the beginning of the new millennium, one of the surprise successes of the publishing season is a 1,000-year-old masterpiece. The book is ''Beowulf,'' Seamus Heaney's modern English translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, which was created sometime between the 7th and the 10th centuries.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Mel Gussow (Mar 29, 2000)
Translation is not mainly the work of preserving the hearth -- a necessary task performed by scholarship -- but of letting a fire burn in it.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Richard Eder (Feb 2, 2000)

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Bro! Tell me we still know how to speak of kings! In the old days,
everyone knew what men were: brave, bold, glory-bound.

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Of the strength of the Spear-Danes in days gone by we have heard, and of their hero-kings: the prodigious deeds those princes perfomed!

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So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
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Ancient kings and the glory they cut
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