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Beowulf by Welwyn Wilton Katz

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Beowulf by Welwyn Wilton Katz

In this beloved retelling of a popular legend, young readers are introduced to Beowulf, Wiglaf and Aelfhere, all of whom are endowed with a different magical gift. But these gifts are actually a terrible burden for them. Beowulf’s superhuman strength makes him clumsy and even overpowers his own weapons. Aefhere’s ability to read minds reveals disturbing truths. And Wiglaf’s life like dreams foretell disaster. Welwyn Wilton Katz recounts the Beowulf legend from the point of view of Wiglaf, who hears about many of Beowulf’s adventures, including the seven-day swim in which he kills nine monsters; the battle in the mead hall with the wicked troll, Grendel; the underwater struggle with the sea serpents; and the confrontation with Grendel's evil mother. Wiglaf doesn't just hear about adventure: he even participates in the final battle with a dragon. Laszlo Gal’s magnificent paintings, which illustrate Beowulf, are some of his finest work. Based on the art of the Vikings, they have the brilliant color and sinuous line of an illuminated manuscript.

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