Sunday, August 13, 2006

Beowulf redux

Brandywine Books hand a link to this article about some of the new movies based on the epic poem Beowulf. I realize that not everyone will have a great interest in this fact alone, but Angelina Jolie will be playing Grendel's mother in one of the several new adaptations. In 1998, Joseph Fiennes played Beowulf in an animated version.

The poster for the Canadian art film starring Gerard Butler.

According to Michael Drout an English professor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts: "Even the people teaching it didn't like it." I may be one of the few exceptions to that rule...

More about this on my book blog for those few who are interested in Beowulfania. All two of you.


  1. Did you know there's a new opera? I think it's really based on the novel Grendel by John Gardner, so I guess it's Beowulf twice-removed!

  2. Yes, I think it is the one mentioned in the article. I'm not an opera fan, but still think it's pretty cool and know I'd enjoy it. I'd love to hear Grendel say, "Waahh" in operatic form!

  3. I LOVE the Seamus Heaney translation and have been recommending it to my friends, so yup, I'm definitely interested! I've loved Beowulf ever since I read it in jr. high school.


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