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Cat pix
Cat pix

Grendel's Dog, from Beocat
Brave Beocat, brood-kit of Ecgthmeow,
Hearth-pet of Hrothgar in whose high halls
He mauled without mercy many fat mice,
Night did not find napping nor snack-feasting.
The wary war-cat, whiskered paw-wielder,
Bearer of the burnished neck-belt, gold-braided collar band,
Feller of fleas fatal, too, to ticks,
The work of wonder-smiths, woven with witches' charms,
Sat upon the throne-seat his ears like sword-points
Upraised, sharp-tipped, listening for peril-sounds,
When he heard from the moor-hill howls of the hell-hound,

Gruesome hunger-grunts of Grendel's Great Dane,
Deadly doom-mutt, dread demon-dog.
Then boasted Beocat, noble battle-kitten,
Bane of barrow-bunnies, bold seeker of nest-booty:
"If hand of man unhasped the heavy hall-door
And freed me to frolic forth to fight the fang-bearing fiend,
I would lay the whelpling low with lethal claw-blows;
Fur would fly and the foe would taste death-food.
But resounding snooze-noise, stern slumber-thunder,
Nose-music of men snoring mead-hammered in the wine-hall,
Fills me with sorrow-feeling for Fate does not see fit
To send some fingered folk to lift the firm-fastened latch
That I might go grapple with the grim ghoul-pooch."
Thus spoke the mouse-shredder, hunter of hall-pests,
Short-haired Hrodent-slayer, greatest of the pussy-Geats.

What are Kennings?

Kennings are an old Norse poetic device based on the analogy. They're similar to Homeric epithets. Where the Greeks might say "the wine-dark sea" in their epic poetry, the Norse would say "whale road." This of course comes from the analogy "sea is to whale as road is to horse" or something like it. To use the standard shorthand, this becomes
sea : whale :: road : horse
You can also diagram it as
   sea      road  ----- :: ------  whale     horse
The key to the Kenning Game is realising that such an analogy provides four kennings possible (or at least permissible). In this case, we have
  sea   = whale road  whale = sea horse  road  = horse sea  horse = road whale
(Ron Hale-Evans

Book-A-Minute Classics
Book-A-Minute Classics


Ultra-Condensed by Samuel Stoddard and David J. Parker

Hrothgar: Let's build a big old dining hall and call it Herot.

(They do. Then Grendel, an ugly guy, takes over Herot and eats people. Beowulf rips his arm off.)

All: You rule, Beowulf.

(Some people make SPEECHES and tell IRRELEVANT STORIES. Beowulf kills some more STUFF.)

Beowulf: Wiglaf, I'm dying. See that my funeral pyre fits my greatness.

Wiglaf: Ok.



10 New Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Aug 20, 2010
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Bromance and chillax may be on Lake Superior State University's 2010 list of words that should be banned, but the OED added them to its massive vault of words for the ages anyway.Today the definitive tome added 39 words to its collection. Here are 10 useful and ridiculous ones to know.
  • Catastrophizing: view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is.
  • Overthink: think about (something) too much or for too long.
  • Matchy-matchy: excessively color coordinated.
  • LBD: little black dress
  • Frenemy: a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
  • Cool hunter: a person whose job it is to make observations or predictions about new styles and trends.
  • Bromance: a close but nonsexual relationship between two men.
  • Exit strategy: a preplanned means of extricating oneself from a situation.
  • Defriend: another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site).
  • Soft skills: personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

Six Minute Version of 2007 Beowulf Movie

Beowulf and Grendel 1999 Movie Trailer

Beowulf: The Video Game

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Beowulf: Comics and Graphic Novels
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Beowulf, by Jerry Bingham
Beowulf, by Jerry Bingham

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