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  • Beowulf [PDQ Edition] | Francis Barton Gummere and Unknown

    Beowulf [PDQ Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Francis Barton Gummere and Unknown
    • Narrated By Nigle Simmons
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    Beowulf is considered an epic poem in that the main character is a hero who travels great distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts. The poem also begins in medias ("into the middle of affairs") or simply, "in the middle", which is a characteristic of the epics of antiquity.

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  • Beowulf | Francis Barton Gummere - translator

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Francis Barton Gummere - translator
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    In Denmark, a very prosperous and popular ruler, King Hrothgar, has built a large mead hall and encouraged all of his soldiers to be jubilant and merry. The commotion from the festivities has greatly upset a horrible demon, Grendel, who lives in the swamp. Every night the demon terrorizes the community forcing the Danes to suffer at the hand of the beast for many years until a young Geatish warrior, Beowulf, hears of the plight King Hrothgar has endured.

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