Beowulf is an extremely exciting and fascinating story about a character that lived in medieval Europe. The first reason why I liked this book is because its set back in the medieval era, also its one of the earliest poems in a modern European language. Beowulf is to the English what Homer and the Odyssey were to the Greeks. I didn't believe that a poem, which has been around for more than twelve centuries, could keep my interest. I was wrong. The book is filled with more blood and guts then the average summer horror flick. After the battle with Grendel, the monster which has been ravaging the Danish countryside and killing countless men, Beowulf makes sure that all people know that he had injured the great monster. It is translated that,
"...no Dane doubted the victory, for the proof, hanging high from the rafters where Beowulf had hung it, was the monster's arm, claw and shoulder and all" (Raffel, 49).
It was the greatest use of detail and exciting battles that was left with me when I finished the book. I guess all books; regardless of their age can still be fun and entertaining to read.
In Beowulf, the characters were memorable. A minor character in the book, the king of the Danes, Hrothgar, is a character that sticks out greatly in my mind. Hrothgar was a king of the Danes and built for them a huge mead hall in which men were able to eat drink and be merry. It was then that the great monster, Grendel, came and destroyed Herot by eating and feasting on the Danish warriors. Hrothgar sticks out in my mind because I could see the time before Beowulf came to the Danes, in his anger and sadness over this monster that wouldn't stop killing his soldiers. This minor character is memorable in my mind, as are all the characters in this work.
Being an avid reader of medieval fantasy, my knowledge of literary war is quite extensive. Without a doubt, the battle scenes in this poem can b