The historic Danes knew learn how to throw a celebration. That is, till the monster Grendel, pained by the sound of their pleasure, gatecrashes their corridor and eats lots of them. It is barely when the hero Beowulf exhibits up and disarms Grendel – actually – that the festivities resume.
Danish storyteller Jesper la Cour Andersen has instructed the story of Beowulf, which stands out as the oldest surviving epic poem in English, for 20 years. He has instructed it inside drafty mediaeval castles, upon the Siberian tundra and, memorably, aboard a reconstructed Viking longship at sea, attempting to maintain his steadiness amid slender rowing benches rocked by waves.
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