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“If Grendel Wins, it will be a gruesome day” -Beowulf

Unfortunately this is a little later than I like to post but with the start of fall semester, things have been a bit busy. However, I promised you (and myself) content so here it is.

Have you ever read Beowulf? For enjoyment? For an assignment? Well, I’m on my second time reading it for school and I wanted to share a little bit of my thoughts on it. It’s a great epic poem, no doubt about that. And I love that Beowulf wants to defeat Grendel for Hygelac’s fame rather than his own. I think that’s wonderful!

It actually made me think about people in our society today. How many people would say they want to fight an undefeated monster for the fame of someone else? Go ahead, I’m waiting. Yeah, I can’t think of anyone either. They may be out there, who knows. But that’s the thing. In olden times, you didn’t do things for self fame, you did them for the fame of your ruler. And you still did them the best you could. I’m not saying times were better back then, heck, women weren’t treated to great so I’d never want to live in that time period.

To have people do things for other people, though. How amazing that would be. All too often, people do things and expect recognition, rewards, something. Our society hardly even does service anymore. And that’s nowhere near fighting a scary monster.

I know I’m rambling but reading this made me really look at the state of our society and boy has it gotten me down. So, to cheer me up, you know what I did? I listened to a song from the soundtrack to Beowulf. So, here ya go!

And I’m sorry you had to endure my nonsense, it’s 2:00am and I’m running on no sleep. I just really wanted to share this song and my thoughts. Enjoy! And next week won’t be a bunch of nonsense.