In honour of it being a holiday, I thought I’d post this poem by the Beowulf scop’s cat, that is, Henry Beard. Illustration by, well, me. (It’s an old pic; if I were doing it now I’d add a little boar, with bristles along its back, on top. Possibly some engraving on the sides.) Anyway, […]Read more "brave Beocat, brood-kit of Ecgthmeow"
I’ve been reading Beowulf again, this time Crossley-Holland’s translation. I’m struck by its similarity to episodic television drama. (Radio drama too, of course, but apart from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, radio serials were before my time.) For example, halfway through, around line 1270, we get a recap, a Previously on Beowulf the Grendel Slayer […]Read more "retconning beowulf"