Beowulf: Translations by Maurice Sagoff (1980)

Click for a larger version (900 pixels high) Shrinklits: Seventy of the world's towering classics cut down to size. Workman Publishing, New York, 1980. ISBN: 0-89480-079-5 amusing 26-line poem which summarizes the story.
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Picture of Grendel by Roslyn Schwartz
Picture of Grendel by Roslyn Schwartz

Monster Grendel's tastes are plainish.
Breakfast? Just a couple Danish.
King of Danes is frantic, very.
Wait! Here comes the malmö ferry
Bringing 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 Hall
And the Monster makes his call,
Beowulf, with body-slam
Wrenches 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 Geats
He performed prodigious feats
Till he met a foe too tough
(Non-Beodegradable stuff)
And that scaly-armored dragon
Scooped him up and fixed his wagon.
Sorrow-stricken, half the nation
Flocked to Beowulfs cremation;
Round his pyre, with drums a-muffle
Did a Nordic soft-shoe shuffle. --