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Beowulf & Grendel : the truth behind England's oldest myth

Author: John Grigsby
Publisher: London : Watkins, 2005.
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John Grigsby reveals that the English had a mythology and a vibrant pagan religion as rich and complex as that of the early Celts, of which only a few precious fragments remain. One such fragment is a Dark Age poem that tells of the deeds of a monster-slaying hero Beowulf, who frees the feasting hall of a Danish king from the twelve-year tyranny of a creature named Grendel. Grigsby's conclusions will revolutionize  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grigsby, John, 1971-
Beowulf & Grendel.
London : Watkins, 2005
(OCoLC)616737904
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Grigsby
ISBN: 1842931539 9781842931530
OCLC Number: 61177107
Description: viii, 246 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : where now the horse and rider? --
Introduction : the keenest for fame --
Pt. I. Old England --
Ch. 1. Clans of the sea coasts --
Ch. 2. Former days --
Ch. 3. On the altars of their idols --
Ch. 4. In dread waters --
Pt. II. Gods and monsters --
Ch. 5. Scyld scefing --
Ch. 6. The barley god --
Ch. 7. Freyr --
Ch. 8. The wagon ran after --
Ch. 9. Elves and evil shades --
Ch. 10. Choosers of the slain --
Pt. III. To kill a king --
Ch. 11. Royal obligations --
Ch. 12. The hall turned to ashes --
Ch. 13. The wandering Inguz --
Ch. 14. A midwinter game --
Pt. IV. Barley wolf --
Ch. 15. The demon's head --
Ch. 16. The Brimwylf --
Epilogue : people of the wolf.
Responsibility: John Grigsby.

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Compelling evidence that the Beowulf legend was based on true historical events, and on an ancient fertility rite involving the ritual taking of a sacred intoxicant and human sacrifice.  Read more...

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