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

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3b*1b The despoiler was soon
3e1 spitting out flames
+2a1a(iii) and burning down buildings,
3e1 bringing men death
3b1b and enormous dread;
++1a1a(i) it had no intention
+2a1a(ii) of leaving anything
4630 +1a1b(i) alive in that country.
+1a1b(i) These vast depredations
3b2b of the venomous worm
3f1a left wide tracts
+2a1a(i) of wasteland, showing
+1d1 how whole heartedly
3b*1a it hated the Geats
+1a1b(i) and strove to destroy them,
2e1a streaking back home
2c1b to its big barrow
4640 2b1b before break of day,
++1a*1a(i) leaving wreckage and reeking
2a1a(ii) ruin everywhere.
+1a*1a(i) It trusted its war-strength
3b2b and its towering mound
3b*1b to protect it from harm;
+1a1a(i) that trust deceived it.
3e*1 Beowulf was brought
+2a1a(i) these baleful tidings,
2b2a was told that his own
4650 2c1- tall meadhall,
+2e1b the gift-seat of the Geats,
1a*1a(i) greatest of buildings,
a1b was in ashes.
+1d1 The old ring-giver's
1a1a(i) heart was heavy
+1a1a(i) with huge misgivings;
3b*1a he wondered if all
d1a unwittingly
3b1c he had offended God,
4660 +1a*1a(i) the Father of heaven,
3b*1a by breaking his law;
3f1a his breast seethed
+1a1a(i) with sad foreboding,
3b*1b as was seldom the case.
+2a1a(i) The scather, meanwhile,
+1a1a(i) had scorched the entire
2e1a coastline with fire,
1d1 crofts, villages,
1a1a(i) courts, and castles;
4670 2b2b and the king of the Geats,
+1a1b(i) the prince of his people,
2a1a(ii) pondered gloomily
d1c how to avenge himself.
2b2b He devised, in the end,
+1a1a(i) a shield of iron
+1a1a(i) and showed his royal
1a1b(i) smiths how to make it;
2b1b he had seen at once
2b1b that a shield of wood
4680 +1a1a(i) was sure to fail him
2b2b in a fight against fire.
+3e1 The fierce-hearted king
3b*1b was approaching the end
3b1b of his present life,
3b*1a his sojourn on earth,
+1a1b(i) and so was the dragon,
2b2b who had lain on its gold
2b1a so long a time.
2c1a The stern war-king
4690 2b2a disdained to attack
+2a1a(ii) his flying enemy
2b1b with a force of men,
+1a1b(i) a clutch of companions;
2c1b he was quite fearless
++1a*1a(i) and discounted the scather's
1a1a(i) skill in warfare,
3b1a its naked strength.
2b1b Had he not, himself,
2c1a survived many
4700 2a1a(iii) violent clashes
+1a1a(i) and fierce encounters
3b1b since those far-off days
2b1b when his grip had crushed
1a*1a(i) Grendel in combat
2c1b and his quick courage
2b1a had cleansed the hall
+2a1a(i) of noble Hrothgar?
2b2c And had he not wrought revenge
3b1b that was highly praised
4710 +3e*1 when Hygelac his lord,
+1a1a(i) the son of Hrethel,
2c1a was slain leading
+1a1a(i) his raid on Frisia?
+2e1b The ruler of the Geats,
+2e1b the father of his folk,
++1a1a(i) had been felled in battle
2b2a by blows of the sword,
+3e*1 but Beowulf escaped,
+1a*1a(i) performing a famous
4720 1a1a(i) feat of swimming,
2e1a cleaving the waves
+2a1a(iii) while carrying thirty
2b1- suits of mail
3b2b on his sinewy arm.
d1a The Hetware
3b1a could hardly boast
3b1b of their short-lived charge
2b1a with shields held tight
3b*1a while fighting on foot;
4730 3e*1 few of them survived
3e*1 Beowulf's attack
2b2b to go back to their homes,
3b1b whereas Ecgtheow's son
+3e1 triumphantly swam
3b1b through the ocean waves
2c1b to his own people.
+1a1a(i) There Hygd, the widow
+2a1a(iii) of Hygelac, offered
3b*1a to give him the throne,
4740 3f1c for she had grave doubts
3b*1a that Heardred her child
+1a1a(i) could hold the country
3b1b against foreign hosts,
3b*1c now that his father was dead.
2b1b But she sought in vain
++1a1a(i) to persuade the valiant
1a1a(i) son of Ecgtheow
++1a1a(i) to usurp his youthful
2a1a(i) cousin's kingdom
4750 3b*1a or covet its throne
2b1b or allow the Geats
3b1b to elect him king;
3b*1b but he guided the boy
+3e*1 in governing the land
2c1c until he reached manhood
2b2b and could reign on his own.
+3e1 Then Ohthere's sons,
1a*1a(i) Eanmund and Eadgils,
1a*1a(i) exiles from Sweden,
4760 1a1b(i) asked for asylum
2b2b in the realm of the Geats;
3b*1b they were rebels, in flight
+1a*1a(ii) from Onela their uncle,
+2a1a(i) the ablest sea-king
+2a1a(i) and ring-lord ever
2b1a to rule the Swedes,
+2a1a(i) a highborn hero.
2e1a Heardred was killed
1a*1a(i) helping those rebels:
4770 3e1 Hygelac's son
2b2a obtained a reward
d1d for his hospitality
++1d1 when the Swedes slaughtered him.
+2e1b No sooner was he dead
+3e*1 than Onela returned
2c1b to his own kingdom,
+2a1a(ii) allowing Beowulf
2b1a to lead the Geats
2b1b and ascend their throne---
4780 3b2b an exceptional king.

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