Illustration Friday: LegendaryWhen Beowulf tore the arm of the marauding monster Grendel, he earned himself a place in Legend and Literature. The Scandinavians told the tale from the mid 500's AD, and a British writer in the Christian era (ca 1100 AD, though there is debate) made it the first piece of literature known to have been written in (old) English.
Beowulf Shrinklitby Maurice SagoffMonster Grendel's tastes are plainish.Breakfast? Just a couple Danish.
King of Danes is frantic, very.Wait! Here comes the Malmo" ferryBring Beowulf, his neighbor,Mighty swinger with a saber!Hrothgar's warriors hail the Swede,Knocking back a lot of mead;Then, when night engulfs the HallAnd the Monster makes his call,Beowulf, with body-slamWrenches off his arm, Shazam!Monster's mother finds him slain,Grabs and eats another Dane!Down her lair our hero jumps,Gives old Grendel's dam her lumps.Later on, as king of GeatsHe performed prodigious featsTill he met a foe too toughNon-Beodegradable stuff)And that scaly-armored dragonScooped him up and fixed his wagon.Sorrow-stricken, half the nationFlocked to Beowulf's cremation;Round his pyre, with drums a-muffleDid a Nordic soft-shoe shuffle.