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This exhilarating graphic-novel edition of an ancient classic honors the spirit of the original as it attracts modern readers.

The epic tale of the great warrior Beowulf has thrilled readers through the ages — and has been reinvented for a new generation with Gareth Hinds’s masterful illustrations. Grendel’s black blood runs thick as Beowulf defeats the monster and his hideous mother, while somber hues overcast the hero’s final, fatal battle against a raging dragon. Speeches filled with courage and sadness, lightning-paced contests of muscle and will, and funeral boats burning on the fjords are all rendered in glorious and gruesome detail. Told for more than a thousand years, Beowulf’s heroic saga finds a true home in this graphic-novel edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763630232
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/13/2007
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 136,367
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gareth Hinds says, "BEOWULF gave me the chance to explore the superhero story in a more timeless way, without the skintight suits and other wacky conventions of that genre. I wanted to show people how cool a story this really is." He lives in New York City and writes graphic novels full-time.

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Beowulf 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Warnerp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To help students study classic mythology, graphic novels are a must! Many classics are difficult to read, and students can have trouble imagining what the scenes would look like. Graphic novels give the reader the illustrator¿s conception of the scene, helping the difficult words and ideas make much more sense now that a visual action is taking place.
lweddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The graphic novel is beautifully done. It stays true to the original text. Although it is not a substitute for the original, it is a fine place to start for a beginner, or a fun supplement for the scholar.
badgenome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful adaptation of Beowulf to the graphic novel format. Hinds is faithful to the source material - a refreshing thing, given the unfortunate post-modern readings of Beowulf that abound these days - and renders the Anglo-Saxon legend in a gloriously grim and gory fashion.
KbookB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The land of the Danes is racked with turmoil because, every night, their great hall is visited by a remorseless beast, Grendel. For years he has reigned with fear until a hero arrives to slay him. Beowulf arrives by boat from the land of the Geats, determined to slay the monster without sword or armor. He succeeds in subduing the Grendel and in defeating the Grendel¿s mother after she comes to make her revenge. Upon returning to his homeland, the king of the Danes cautions him to use his strength for good and know that one day; he too, will meet his end.Gareth Hind¿s has created a wonderful adaptation of the classic hero tale. The illustrations, paintings in this case, capture the terror of the Grendel, glory of Beowulf and grief brought by death and war. Readers will enjoy this action-packed story either on their own or as an approachable form for the classic text.
Librarygirl66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graphic novel adaptation of the Old English epic poem, Beowulf.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gareth Hinds has actually done two versions of Beowulf. This version is a colloquial translation aimed at the young adult audience. In the author's note Hinds states, "we have attempted to strike a balance between easy readability and the poetic drama..." While I will give credit for readability, the poetic drama of Beowulf is largely stripped bare in this version.If someone were struggling with getting through Beowulf in general and it were a choice between not reading it at all, or perhaps skimming a Wikipedia summary, this would be the much better choice. Unfortunately, the text is not groundbreaking in any other way. This does cover the full poem - from the original battle with Grendel to the battle with the dragon in Geatland. What is amazing is the artwork. The artwork is saved from Hinds's Complete Beowulf edition (different translation) and is not drawn, but painted. The paintings are fantastic and detailed. The battle for Grendle's arm covers 10 pages and over 60 panels - all without the text of the original poem. With this, you have the fluid action that demonstrates what made this epic story of heroes survive the oral tradition as long as it did, albeit in visual form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing graphic novel with great detail. Very interesting! Loved it. Definitely recommend reading this if you like action.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
viking inspired decoration of the classic poem of beowulf. with expansion of the story to add to the legend. from grendle to his mother to a worm with a horde of treasure
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