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.
'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.Yes, this first paragraph isn't about Beowulf himself, but I love the idea of history and legend in all of Anglo-Saxon poetry.
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
'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. 1932-36and 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.92Plagueis is definitely a Sith Lord and I'm loving the novel so far!
So, what are you teasing with now