By Jennifer Woodlief
At the afternoon of July 26, 2003, six traveling mountain climbers ascended the height of the Grand Teton in Jackson gap, Wyoming. Rain and colliding air currents blew in, and shortly a big electric cost started to construct. because the team started to retreat from its situation, a enormous lightning bolt struck and pounded in the course of the physique of each climber. one of many six died immediately, one lay seriously injured subsequent to her physique, and 4 dangled perilously into the chasm less than. In riveting, page-turning prose, veteran journalist Jennifer Woodlief tells the tale of the climb, the arriving of the hurricane, and the unheard of rescue by means of the Jenny Lake Rangers, some of the most skilled mountaineering search-and-rescue groups within the nation.
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But in many respects Beowulf is directly comparable with other Old English poems, particularly in mood and treatment. There is a tradition of heroic verse in which 'the virtues of the warrior, notably the loyalty and courage we see prized in Beowulf, are celebrated, and The Battle of Maldon, though commemorating a tenthcentury encounter between Anglo-Saxons and Norsemen rather than a distant battle from the old heroic age, holds up for admiration the steadfastness of its heroes in the face of defeat.
An accessible facsimile of the original manuscript, with a facing transcription, is J. Zupitsa, Beowulf (The Early English Text Society, OS 245, London, 1959, with an Introductory Note by N. Davis; repr. 1967) (but see below under Websites). Studies on Beowulf There has been an enormous amount written on Beowulf. The best guide to the scholarship on the poem is: R. E. Bjork and J. D. ), A Beowulf Handbook (Exeter, 1996), a collection of short essays surveying the history of various aspects of Beowulf scholarship (metre, history, gender roles, sources, and so on) followed by chronological bibliographies.
As has already been indicated, some of the historical material we find in Beowulf contains echoes of names and situations in works of Scandinavian legendary history, such as Saxo Grammaticus's History of the Danes, written in the early thirteenth century, or in the late Old Norse Hrólfs saga kraka. Allusions to the heroic age in Scandinavia are widely scattered in Old Norse poetry and prose, although they do not add up to a coherent picture of the period, changed as they are by literary context and separated by centuries of literary development.
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