Lord of the Geats

Author: Jones, Thomas O.

Subjects: Beowolf; Classic Literature

Age: 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Order code: 1757

Price: $9.99
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Here is the famous Beowulf story, retold for young adult readers. Like the original Anglo-Saxon manuscript, it is divided into three parts.

The first section narrates Beowulf’s battle against Grendel. The second section tells of the furious revenge of Grendel’s mother, an ageless monster with indomitable will who lives in a dark green, murky sea, which the Danes believe to be bottomless, and who can stalk and kill with her son’s savage power. This section is often left out of retellings. The third section shows the great hero in his declining years. This part almost never appears in retellings. In it, Beowulf is an old man. It is decades after his assistance to King Hrothgar, and he is back home among the Geats as their chosen king. His final battle shows his new method in fighting. Youthful speed and strength have been replaced with cunning, deception, and strategy. There are moments when his strength revives. His opponent is an aging dragon who now flies slowly and awkwardly but who can still shoot down enough fire to imperil the Geats’s kingdom.

Aging hero faces aging monster in an early-day twilight of the gods, with displays of valor and chivalry before these terms were known. The dragon breathes streaks of lethal fire but suffers shortness of breath. The heavy scales on his body provide excellent armor but tend to tire him. While flying, he notices small birds passing him. The two opponents feel a grudging respect and realize that their era is ending, no matter who wins their relentless duel.

Award-winning author Thomas O. Jones translated the Beowulf poem from the original Anglo-Saxon and in this book combined scholarship with the spellbinding force of a great epic tale. He is also the author of Tinyacha's Quest, published by Royal Fireworks Press.

“Mr. Jones’s retelling of the Beowulf epic transforms the ancient, heroic poem into a gripping adventure story for young adults. Not just an exciting read, his novel will prove a valuable aid to the young reader’s appreciation of the original classic, and a well-crafted tool for those who would open the original to the younger student." – Philip Helms, editor for the American Tolkien Society

Here is the famous Beowulf story, retold for young adult readers. Like the original Anglo-Saxon manuscript, it is divided into three parts. 

The first section narrates Beowulf’s battle against Grendel. The second section tells of the furious revenge of Grendel’s mother, an ageless monster with indomitable will who lives in a dark green, murky sea, which the Danes believe to be bottomless, and who can stalk and kill with her son’s savage power. This section is often left out of retellings. The third section shows the great hero in his declining years. This part almost never appears in retellings. In it, Beowulf is an old man. It is decades after his assistance to King Hrothgar, and he is back home among the Geats as their chosen king. His final battle shows his new method in fighting. Youthful speed and strength have been replaced with cunning, deception, and strategy. There are moments when his strength revives. His opponent is an aging dragon who now flies slowly and awkwardly but who can still shoot down enough fire to imperil the Geats’s kingdom. 

Aging hero faces aging monster in an early-day twilight of the gods, with displays of valor and chivalry before these terms were known. The dragon breathes streaks of lethal fire but suffers shortness of breath. The heavy scales on his body provide excellent armor but tend to tire him. While flying, he notices small birds passing him. The two opponents feel a grudging respect and realize that their era is ending, no matter who wins their relentless duel.

Award-winning author Thomas O. Jones translated the Beowulf poem from the original Anglo-Saxon and in this book combined scholarship with the spellbinding force of a great epic tale. He is also the author of Tinyacha's Quest, published by Royal Fireworks Press.

“Mr. Jones’s retelling of the Beowulf epic transforms the ancient, heroic poem into a gripping adventure story for young adults. Not just an exciting read, his novel will prove a valuable aid to the young reader’s appreciation of the original classic, and a well-crafted tool for those who would open the original to the younger student." – Philip Helms, editor for the American Tolkien Society

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