Адаптированная книга на английском языке «Beowulf by Victoria Spence». Аудиокнига на английском.
The old Danish kings were men of courage, and their exploits are famous.
One of these kings was called Shield Sheafson.
He had been abandoned as a child, but he grew into a fierce warrior who subdued his enemies. He was a good king.
Shield Sheafson’s son was called Beow. Beow recognised what the people had suffered in the past, and he rewarded them generously whilst his father was still king. In this way the young prince, who was blessed by God, gathered around him friends who would be loyal in times of trouble.
When Shield died, he was given a splendid funeral. They placed his body in a boat and loaded the boat with treasure. They hung a golden standard above his head to show who he was. Then they pushed the boat out to sea, where it drifted on the waves. No one knows who found the boat and kept its rich treasure.
Now it was Beow’s turn to protect the Danes. He, too, was a good king and the people liked him. Beow’s heir6 was the great Halfdane. Halfdane had three sons, Heorogar, Hrothgar and Halga.
He also had a daughter who married the Swedish king Onela.
Hrothgar was lucky in war. Many men were keen to serve him and his army grew. He decided to build a great mead hall as a sign of his power. He wanted the mead hall to be his throne room. He also wanted it to be the place from where he would share his goods with the people.
He summoned workers from all over the world to come and build his mead hall, which was called Heorot Hall. Soon the building was finished, and it was splendid. Its towers rose high into the sky, and its roof was wide.
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