Beowulf carvings

 
This is a series of carvings and masks that are in one way or another related to or inspired by the Beowulf poem
Quotes mainly from Seamus Heaney's translation. 


Het Angelsaksische epos Beowulf diende als inspiratie voor een serie maskers en ruimtelijke objecten.
 


Scyld Scefing



A foundling to start with, he would flourish later on
as his powers waxed and his worth was proved
[...] that was one good king.




 The Harp

 
 ...there was the sound of the harp, the clear song of the Shaper  [More]
 
 
 
Grendel the shade-goer

In off the moors, down to the mist bands
God-cursed Grendel came greedily loping.

 
Hrothgar - keeper of the Kingdom

...I ruled the Ring-Danes'country
for fifty years, defended them in wartime 
with spear and sword against constant assaults
by many tribes: I came to believe
my enemies had faded from the earth

 
 
Beowulf
 
One man, however, was in fighting mood,
awake and on edge, spoiling for action.

 
 
 
The ship's prow
 
Over the waves, with the wind behind her
and foam at her neck, she flew like a bird
until her curved prow had covered the distance 
 

 
After the fight - Grendel's Arm
 
Every nail,
claw-scale and spur, every spike
and welt on the hand of that heathen brute
was like barbed steel
 
 
 
 
Aschere's head-found on holm-cliff
 
 ...a burden on their minds when they beheld
Aeschere's head on top of the holm -cliff
 
 
 
Dragon's head - with cursed gold
 
The dragon from underearth,
his nightmarish destroyer, lay destroyed as well,
utterly without life. No longer would his snakefolds
ply themselves to safeguard hidden gold
 
© Hans Westra 2009
 
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