By Unknown

Rating: 4 stars

I don’t really know what to make of this book. I’m not usually very good with poetry but I definitely found Heaney’s translation very readable (moreso than the introduction at times). I didn’t read it in any special way, but just as if it were prose, if somewhat slower than I normally would. Maybe this means I didn’t get the most out of it, as the story was certainly pretty simplistic, with the titular hero carrying out three great feats of bravery and heroism before meeting his ultimate doom.

I did enjoy some of the language, and I can definitely see the influence that it had on Tolkien, but ultimately, I didn’t find it particularly extraordinary. Maybe it would be better read aloud or in audio book form.

Book details

ISBN: 9780571203765
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Year of publication: 975

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