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Tower of Beowulf, the (1995) [Novel]
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Under the harsh tutelage of a father with no sense of mercy or human weakness, young Beowulf has grown to be a strong and skillful leader of men. But shame and guilt defeat him when a disastrous, ill-conceived raid leaves his closest comrades dead - marking Beowulf as a coward in his own mind, unworthy of life, praise, or the noble trappings of victory. Only a chance encounter with a reclusive Irish priest can convince the tormented warrior of the need to endure - propelling Beowulf toward ever greater perils and more terrifying enemies, as he attempts in vain to throw away a life he holds at no value...and builds a reputation as a fearless and indomitable champion in the process.

Original title: The Tower of Beowulf
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasySaga, Myth, and Legend

Edition #1: The Tower of Beowulf

The Tower of Beowulf (1995)
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Language: English

  • "Fantasy literature tends to recycle its settings and themes, so it's greatly refreshing when a sword and sorcery novel appears that avoids the formulaic pitfalls of the genre. In this case, Godwin accomplishes the feat through a compelling exploration of an ancient classic, much as he did in Robin and the King. Because the outcome of Beowulf's adventures are rarely in question, Godwin must make the story exciting without relying on plot-driven suspense. He does this by rendering his characters' motivations, especially those of the monsters, so vivid and heart-wrenching that at times readers will find themselves rooting for Grendel and his mother, Sigyn (though this version of the tale can't compare to Gardner's powerful Grendel). Godwin also layers this most basic of man-kills-beast tales with insights into the superficiality of beauty and the differing mysticisms of the Norse and Christian mythologies, and he offers a well-reasoned interpretation of what makes a hero. If the historical background is sometimes rendered with more imagination than fidelity, Godwin's interpretation of the legend still makes for a gripping saga." Publisher's Weekly
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The Tower of Beowulf (August 1996)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0380721651
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.7 x 1.0 in

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The Tower of Beowulf (September 1995)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 068812738X
Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.5 x 1.0 in
Pages: 246

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