Tolkien on Beowulf
After you have digested some of the Tokien lecture, I want you to write a 3 to 4 page paper, MLA format. Look for what he was arguing about the importance of the monsters in the poem. Also he is eloquent when speaking about that dark time of history before Christianity was introduced, when life was cruel, brutish and short. How did heroism manifest itself in such times? What was the goal?
Pick out passages that resonate for you and decipher what you get from them. He brings life to an ancient poem in ways that still resonate today. Please bring in passages from the poem itself if you can. That will only strengthen your paper.