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

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1a1a(i) "Wrong?" said Hrothgar,
2e1b ruler of the Danes,
3b1a "is something wrong?
2e1b Sorrow is renewed
2c1a for all Denmark!
3e*1 Æschere is dead,
+2a1a(i) the older brother
d1a of Yrmenlaf,
+1d*1(ii) my counselor, confidant,
2650 3b1a and closest friend,
+2a1a(i) the faithful comrade
2b2a who fought at my side
+2a1a(i) in bloody battles
+3e1 when boar-standards clashed,
1a*1a(i) tossing in tumult;
3b*1a whatever a good
2e1a soldier should be,
1a1a(ii) such was Æschere!
+1a*1a(i) A sudden marauder
2660 +2a1a(iii) has slaughtered him, brought him
1a1a(i) death in Heorot.
3b1a I do not know
a1c if the attacker
3f1b has returned home,
1a*1a(i) glutted with feeding,
3b*1c but she has grimly avenged
3b1a your daring deed
2b1b of the day before,
2c1b when you slew Grendel
2670 +2a1a(i) with sudden hand-grip,
3e1 paying him back
3b*1a for preying so long
3b1b on my loyal thanes.
2b1a He lost the fight;
+1a1b(i) but now in requital
+2a1a(i) another monstrous
3e*1 visitor has come
++1a1a(i) to avenge her kinsman
+1a1a(i) and boost the blood-toll
2680 3b1b of our baleful feud,
2b1b as is all too clear
+3e*1 to anyone who once
+1d1 enjoyed Æschere's
2a1a(iii) generous bounty
++1a1b(i) and whose heart is now heavy.
2b1a The hand lies dead
+1a1b(i) who gave in abundance
+1a1a(i) the gifts you longed for!
2b1b I have heard men say,
2690 d1a my hall-comrades,
1d1 keen counselors
d1a and countrymen,
e1c they had been told
+1a1a(i) that two such beings,
1d*1(ii) hideous, horrible,
2e1a haunted the moors,
3e1 wandering fiends.
2b2- One of the pair,
+1a1b(i) as far as they ever
2700 3b1a could figure out,
3b1b had a woman's form;
+2a1a(i) the wicked creature
+1a1a(i) who shared her exile
2b2b had the shape of a man
+1a1a(i) but was huge, much huger
+2a1a(i) than human beings.
3b1a For countless years
2c1c he has been called Grendel.
2e1a Nothing at all
2710 +1a1b(i) is known of his father
a1b or if any
2a1a(i) ogres like him
+1a1a(i) were born before him.
2b2a The bogs are their home,
3f1a a waste world
3b1a of windswept crags
+3e1 and wolf-haunted hills
2c1b where the wild torrent
3f1- drops down
2720 2b2a to depths in the earth
+3e*1 unknowable by men.
3f1b It is not far,
2e1a measured in miles,
3b2b to that menacing place.
2e1a Fringing the pool
+3e1 are fast-rooted trees,
3b1a their clawlike limbs
2e1a covered with ice.
+1a1b(i) At night you see something
2730 +3e1 unnatural there,
1a1b(i) flames in the water!
3b1a No fleshly man
2b2a has dared to explore
2b1a that dark abyss.
2c1b When the high antlered
3e1 heath-stepping stag
2b1b is pursued by hounds
+2a1a(i) and seeking cover,
2b1b he will stop and make
2740 2b2a a stand on the bank
2e1a sooner than plunge
3b1b in those sullen waves
+1a1a(i) and swim to safety.
3b2b What a sinister spot!
3b1a When stormy winds
2e1a stir up the depths,
1a1b(i) moist exhalations
2b2- mount to the skies
2b1c until the air turns black
2750 3b1a with icy rain
3b1b and the heavens weep.
2a1a(ii) Help us, Beowulf,
2b2a for you are our hope!
2b2b You have yet to behold
2c1a the wild wasteland
2b1a where one can find
+2a1a(i) that sinful demon---
2e1b seek it if you dare!
3b*1b I will give you a trove
2760 +2a1a(i) of golden treasure,
3b1a undreamt of wealth,
2b1b as I did before,
3b*1b if you vanquish the fiend
++1a1a(i) and survive the battle."

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