Almost 3200 lines long, Beowulf is one of the most glorious and powerful poems in British literature. Its beauties are of a harsher type: the warmth and light of the mead-hall are always threatened by what might come in the wild of the night. But the fragility of the community also gives rise to noble heroics.
This poem has monsters, swords, treachery, treasure, dragons, demons, and death–and tells of a heroic human struggle against a ceaseless flood of evil.
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