Despite being an English major, I had somehow never read Beowulf. I knew about Grendel and Grendel’s mother but managed to mix their stories with the dragon part of the story. It was nice to finally catch up with this classic piece, and I’m glad I didn’t have to read it in Old English, instead getting this well done translation by Seamus Heaney. I can’t speak as to whether it truly captures the spirit of the poem, but it definitely makes it accessible for a newcomer. Full review.