"Look into the flames and let your minds empty. . . . For this is a tale of blood and heat and ashes."
It is a tale that has been retold countless times through the centuries — and here, in an enthralling edition illustrated by a noted Tolkien artist, the mighty Beowulf is well set to capture new legions of followers. This contemporary retelling of the ancient epic — narrated with a touch of banter by the faithful Wiglaf and featuring vividly dramatic illustrations — follows the mythic hero from his disarming of the gruesome Grendel to his sword battle with the monster’s sea hag mother to his final, fiery showdown with an avenging dragon.
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Great read for a younger (approx age 10-12) audience. My son enjoyed this immensely around age 8, the illustrations are really good. It is fairly gruesome. I guess I read the Penguin edition of this when I was in college, it is one of my favorite stories, torn-off-arms and all.