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Ringler, Dick / Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery (May 2005)

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+2a1a(i) The noble hero
+1a1a(i) had no intention
+1a*1a(i) of letting the monster
1a1a(i) leave the meadhall:
+1a*1a(i) he valued that vicious
3e1 violent life
+1a1a(i) at next to nothing.
2b1a And now, at last,
3e1 Beowulf's men
1590 2e1a brandished their swords
2b2a and tried to protect
3b1b their protector's life
2b1b with their own dear blood,
3b*1a if only they might.
+1a1b(i) But how could those hardy
2e1a heroes have known,
2b1b as they swung their bright
1a1a(i) swords and crowded
+2a1a(i) the evil creature
1600 3b1a on every side,
1a*1a(i) straining to strike him,
++1a1a(i) that their strokes were useless,
2c1a that no weapon
2b2- known among men,
3b*1a no iron on earth
+2a1a(i) could ever touch him:
3b1b with his magic spells
3b2b he had made them all blunt
2c1a and thus useless.
1610 3b*1a And therefore his death
3f1a on that day
3f1a in this world
+2e1b was destined to be vile,
2c1b and his damned spirit
+1d1 to fall afterward
2c1b into fiends' clutches.
2b2a The scourge who had slain
+1a1a(i) such scores of victims
+1d*1(i) with mirthful murderous
1620 2b2- mind in his feud
2b2a with God, now perceived
3e*1 with gathering dismay
2c1b that his vast body
+2a1a(i) availed him nothing,
d1b now that Hygelac's
2a1a(iii) hard-bitten nephew
2e1b held him by the hand.
+1a*1b Their hatred for each other
3b*1a was boundless. And now
1630 2c1a the brute's shoulder
+1a1b(i) could stand the enormous
1a1a(i) strain no longer;
3b*1a his muscles gave way
3b1a and massive stress
1a1a(i) snapped his sinews.
+1a1a(i) Success in battle
+2a1a(ii) was given Beowulf
3b1a and Grendel fled,
3e1 mortally hurt,
1640 2c1b to his marsh hideout,
3b*1a his dismal abode,
1a1b(i) doomed and despairing;
2b2a he knew that his hours
3b*1a were numbered and felt
1a1a(i) death upon him.
+1a1a(i) The Danes, however,
2b2a were filled with delight
++1a1a(i) when the fight was over.
1a1a(ii) Wise and worshipful,
1650 +3e1 the warrior prince
2b2b who had come from afar
2b1a had cleansed the great
1a1a(i) hall of Hrothgar.
3b*1a The hero was pleased
2c1b with his night's labors;
2b1b he had now fulfilled
+2a1a(i) the mighty promise
2b1b he had made the Danes,
2e1a ending their years
1660 d1a of agony
+2a1a(i) and wreaking ready
2c1a and rough vengeance
d1b for the violence
+1d1 and vast cruelty
3b*1b they had suffered so long,
2b2c as could be seen by them all
3b1b when the noble Geat
2c1- nailed Grendel's
1a1a(i) arm and shoulder,
1670 1a1b(i) all of the monster's
3e1 hideous grip,
+2a1a(i) to Heorot's gable.

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