Beowulf Speaks Picture

So every elder and experienced councilman
among my people supported my resolve
to come here to you, King Hrothgar,
because all knew of my awesome strength.
They had seen me boltered in the blood of enemies
when I battled and bound five beasts
raided a troll-nest and in the night-sea
slaughtered sea-brutes. I have suffered extremes
and avenged the Geats (their enemies brought it
upon themselves, I devastated them).
Now I mean to be a match for Grendel,
settle the outcome in single combat.

From Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf.

Beowulf's boast within the hall. This may see another incarnation with some deeper shadows, but the emphasis this time was on getting my pencils right with some close up detail and foreshortening. Tapestry, chainmail and hair all pretty challenging!

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