Beowulf Quotes with Page Number

Beowulf Quotes with Page Number

“It is always betterto avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning.For every one of us, living in this worldmeans waiting for our end. Let whoever canwin glory before death. When a warrior is gone,that will be his best and only bulwark.”

— Page 115 —

“Behaviour that’s admiredis the path to power among people everywhere.”

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“Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what’s said and what’s done.”

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“Quickly, the dragon came at him, encouragedAs Beowulf fell back; its breath flared,And he suffered, wrapped around in swirlingFlames — a king, before, but nowA beaten warrior. None of his comradesCame to him, helped him, his brave and nobleFollowers; they ran for their lives, fledDeep in a wood. And only one of themRemained, stood there, miserable, remembering,As a good man must, what kinship should mean.”

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“Fate will unwind as it must!”

— Page 149 —

“I shall gain glory or die.”

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“A ring-whorled prow rode in the harbour,ice-clad, outbound, a craft for a prince.They stretched their beloved lord in his boat,laid out by the mast, amidships,the great ring-giver. Far fetched treasureswere piled upon him, and precious gear.I have never heard before of a ship so well furbishedwith battle tackle, bladed weaponsand coats of mail. The massed treasurewas loaded on top of him: it would travel faron out into the ocean’s sway.They decked his body no less bountifullywith offerings than those first ones didwho cast him away when he was a childand launched him alone over the waves.And they set a gold standard uphigh above his head and let him driftto wind and tide, bewailing himand mourning their loss. No man can tell,no wise man in hall or weathered veteranknows for certain who salvaged that load.”

— Page 200 —

“That was their way, their heathenish hope; deep in their hearts they remembered hell.”

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“In off the moors, down through the mist beams, god-cursed Grendel came greedily loping.”

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“I’ve never known fear; as a youth I fought/ In endless battles. I am old, now,/ But I will fight again, seek fame still,/ If the dragon hiding in his tower dares/ To face me”

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“Beloved Beowulf, remember how you boasted,Once, that nothing in the world would everDestroy your fame; fight to keep it,Now, be strong and brave, my nobleKing, protecting life and fameTogether. My sword will fight at your side!”

— Page 41 —

“And a young prince must be prudent like that,giving freely while his father lives so that afterwards, in age when fighting starts steadfast companions will stand by him and hold the line.”

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“Death is not easily escaped, try it who will; but every living soul among the children of men dwelling upon the earth goeth of necessity unto his destined place, where the body, fast in its narrow bed, sleepeth after feast.”

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“Meanwhile, the swordbegan to wilt into gory icicles, to slather and thaw. It was a wonderful thing, the way it all melted as ice melts when the Father eases the fetters off the frostand unravels the water-ropes. He who wields powerover time and tide: He is the true Lord.”

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“That struggle was too strong, hateful and long-lasting, which had come on the people,dire wrack and ruin – the greatest of night-evils.”

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“His poem is like a play in a room through the windows of which a distant view can be seen over a large part of the English traditions about the world of their original home. (Tolkien on the author of Beowulf)”

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“Beowulf survives: for a time, for as long as learning keeps any honor in its land. And how long will that be? God ána wát. (Tolkien on the life and relevance of the Beowulf poem)”

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“Many a man has a treasure in his hoard that he knows not the worth of. (Sellic Spell)”

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“God knoweth that for my part far sweeter is it for me that glowing fire should embrace my body beside the lord that gave me gold.”

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“Sometimes at pagan shrines they vowedofferings to idols, swore oaths that the killer of souls might come to their aid and save the people. That was their way, their heathenish hope; deep in their hearts they remembered hell.”

— Page 48 —

“Let whoever can win glory before death.”

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“Teutonic”

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“Fate goes ever as fate must.”

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“But to elude deathis not easy: attempt it who will,he shall go to the place prepared for eachof the sons of men, the soul-bearersdwelling on earth, ordained them by fate:laid fast in that bed, the body shall sleepwhen the feast is done.”

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“Cwædon þæt he wære wyruld-cyninga,manna mildust ond mon-ðwærust,leodum liðost ond lof-geornost.”

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Sir Michael Morpurgo, Beowulf