Hello creatures. Today is super windy…I am strongly reminded of the windstorm we had a little over a year ago. Hopefully this time there will not be any power outages though.
Anyway, I guess I don’t have anything interesting with which to make an entry today. Using this shared basement computer is totally throwing me off, too. I need my compoooooter! With my files and things… 😦
I could tell you a little bit about what I’ve been reading though, since Once Upon A Time I mentioned that I might start doing that kind of thing…
Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney
If you did your assigned reading in high school (or college) English courses, then you’ve probably encountered this story in some form or another. Beowulf tells the story of a kingdom that is repeatedly attacked by an evil swamp monster and his mother, and how the title character, a warrior from a neighboring kingdom, is able to defeat both monsters and learn things to help him be a good king later in his life. King Beowulf also battles a dragon towards the end of the story, which is pretty cool.
If this were a novel, I would have more to say about it. But, since it’s a long poem…there’s less to say unless we’re interested in writing dissertations here (we’re not). The plot is short and fairly uncomplicated, but I still enjoy reading Beowulf now and then. It’s exciting in the way that a metal CD or a video game is exciting, except that you’re reading Beowulf instead of listening or pressing buttons. And if you don’t like action and fighting and super-macho warriors talking about politics in the mead hall, the story’s monsters are still pretty cool. They’re almost more interesting than the human characters because of the places here and there where the narrator speculates on why the monsters do what they do.
I feel like this is also a good read because there isn’t a whole lot that I think most people would quibble over as to whether or not it’s offensive. Yes, there is blood and gore, and yes there is a lot of Christianese bandied amongst the Danes and the Geats (the two kingdoms involved), so if you’re offended by wanton destruction and beheadings, or if you’re offended by Christianity, then maybe this story is not for you. However, if you like monsters and/or Viking metal, then maybe you should revisit Beowulf.
And by “revisit,” I don’t mean “watch the movie.” I have no idea how they chose Angelina Jolie to play Grendel’s mother when the characters indicate in the poem that they aren’t actually sure if the other monster is even female or not. I haven’t seen the movie specifically because they didn’t make Grendel’s mother very monstery.
Epic fail. For serious, since this is an epic poem.
Anyway, read the story and only see the movie if you feel like you have to.