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Discussion of Beowulf to start in May.


Mar 15 2007, 10:54pm

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Discussion of Beowulf to start in May. Can't Post

So go get your copy now, if you like, online or at the bookstore. There are free versions available online, and I am not going to designate any one version. I'll lead the discussion myself, unless someone wants to take turns with me, or NZ Strider volunteers to teach us all a thing or two.

After that, who knows. This is a test. I'm making it up as I go along.


Mar 16 2007, 12:26am

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Barnes and Noble "Norton" edition [In reply to] Can't Post

I just called my local B&N and they have the "Norton's Critical Edition" of the Heaney translation for $12.00 available in stock at that store. It's on hold for me to pick up this weekend.

With my 25% off coupon, pretty good deal.

Just thought I'd share the knowledge FWIW.



"an seileachan"

Everybody's wondering what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worried 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
No one knows for certain, and so it's all the same to me:
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
~~~~Iris DeMent

The Shire

Mar 16 2007, 4:05pm

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Yay! Anyone know of any good Old English primers? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll probably use the Heaney edition since I have it, but I may also check out the online translations too for comparison. But since I've got a facing page edition I wouldn't mind learning at the basics of of Old English, too. Grammar and a little vocabulary would be neat to know.

Moriel - the Daughter of the Dark
Serving your wiseacre needs since the blooming of the Trees.

NZ Strider

Mar 16 2007, 5:32pm

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Looking forward to it! [In reply to] Can't Post

Great idea, Curious: Smile. You lead, I'll follow. (My time these days is strictly limited: Frown) Hah! I have figured out how to use those smilies -- for me, no mean accomplishment.

NZ Strider

Mar 16 2007, 5:35pm

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The most anodyne introduction [In reply to] Can't Post

is probably Bruce Mitchell's, An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England. London: Blackwell, 1995, ISBN: 0631174362 (pbk).


Mar 17 2007, 2:20am

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Beowulf [In reply to] Can't Post

I am definitely interested in reading/discussing Beowulf. I have the Heaney edition with the OE on the facing page. Might help jumpstart my study of OE as well. I started it several years ago but only got past his fight with Grendel. So, count me in!


Mar 19 2007, 5:12am

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yes [In reply to] Can't Post

I have read Beowulf in college 2 years ago; it was assigned but I would have read it anyway. I had to write a paper on it as well (short 3 page affair)

Yes, a Beowulf discussion would be great.

Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea

Mar 19 2007, 5:16pm

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Great! [In reply to] Can't Post

We just listened to the audio version of Heaney's translation about a month ago on a car trip.

With caffeine, all things are possible.

The pity of Bilbo will screw up the fate of many.

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The Shire

Mar 20 2007, 3:30pm

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I'll try to pitch in . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

. . . if I can think of anything to say. I like the Heaney translation, but that's the great thing about a translated text; each time you read it can be a slightly different book.

I have the Norton critical edition mentioned above, and a.s. is in for a treat - the articles are very interesting and the photos are excellent.


Apr 28 2007, 1:43am

Post #10 of 11 (130 views)
Beowulf [In reply to] Can't Post

Is this still on? May starts next week.


Apr 28 2007, 8:55am

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Yes, although I plan to take it slowly, at least at first. [In reply to] Can't Post



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