Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday - 'Beowulf'

In order to keep my inspiration rolling, I'm going to use one of the texts I'm using for my essays as my book for these two memes, since that is the one I'm trying to read. I might sneak in a cheeky Star Wars teaser as well though, since who can resist the power of a good Star Wars novel? First Chapter First Pragraph - Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane from Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.



Beowulf was written by an anonymous poet between the 8th and 11th century and it is one of my favourite Anglo-Saxon poems ever. I'm using the Seamus Heaney translation, which is genius.

Intro:
'So. The Spear-Danes in days gone byand the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns.
There was Shielf Sheafson, scourge of many tribes, a wrecker of mead-benches, rampaging among foes.This terror of the hall-troops had come far.' l.1-6
Yes, this first paragraph isn't about Beowulf himself, but I love the idea of history and legend in all of Anglo-Saxon poetry.

Teasers:
'Great Queen Modthrythperpetrated terrible wrong.If any retainer ever made boldto look her in the face, if an eye not her lord'sstared at her directly during daylight,the outcome was sealed:' l. 1932-36
and this is for the Star Wars novel I promised, Darth Plagueis by James Luceno.
'"I know this plant. It will poison me.""It will," Plagueis told him in a manner that held no sympathy. "But I will make certain you don't die."' p.92
Plagueis is definitely a Sith Lord and I'm loving the novel so far!

So, what are you teasing with now

20 comments:

  1. I'm not sure about Beowulf. I don't usually do well with the 'classics'. I haven't read Star Wars novels....maybe I should try one.

    My teaser today is from The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

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  2. Interesting teasers from epic stories! Great. My teasers this week are from Caged Warrior by Alan Sitomer and Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris. Happy reading!

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  3. Star Wars and Beowulf are over my head. I've always been afraid of Beowulf. I wouldn't understand it. My whole family liked Star Wars. I never knew what was going on. Looks like tough reading. I can tell you're having fun. Enjoy!

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  4. Definitely awesome prose! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

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  5. I read Beowulf--many, many years ago. It was required reading when I was a senior in High School. Thanks so much for stopping by. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  6. Interesting teaser! Happy reading!!

    Here is my teaser post!

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  7. I remember reading Beowulf in high school many many many years ago. It feels like a different lifetime. I remember liking it--and am so glad I read it with a class so I could better understand it.

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  8. Wow - I read this in high school and remember nothing about it! That's great that you're reading such a classic.

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  9. I studied Beowulf in school, but that was years ago! Need to reread it.
    My Teaser is from PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL.

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  10. I can't remember if we read a little of this in school, I remember it being mentioned and reading about it though. I hope you enjoy it!

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  11. Not sure I'd want to read Beowulf or Star Wars really. But I enjoyed the intro and teasers. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Some real action going on here. I've read Beowulf in a couple different incarnations. Here's Mine

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  13. I just reread Beowulf last year. I saw it in a different way than I did 50 years ago in high school. Good luck with your reading.

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  14. I've tried to read Beowulf but I just could get into but the story is still so good (movie version and wiki). ~ Dani

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  15. Classics, very nice. Here's mine

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  16. Hmmm, not sure as I am one of the few who never understood the Star Wars hype:) Thanks for joining us this week.

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  17. Great teasers! I haven't read either book.

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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