Ever wondered about Beowulf’s childhood? I have. Many times as a child I sat and pondered where his strength came from. Who was this mighty warrior who brought down beasts and dragons? This mini epic touches base with some early escapades of the mighty Geat. (pronounced Yay-ut) Getting ready for the upcoming release of Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, there is a prequel on my regular blog dealing with the evils of Midgard tying into my release. I decided here to focus on the warrior himself. Take note the angels are non-other than the gods and goddesses of Norse myth and legend. The story of Beowulf combined both the Pagan and Christian belief systems. To honor that tradition, my version, and added components, do as well. Check back with me here for the misadventures of a rebellious teenager. Even the greatest leaders have to grow and develop. Sit back, dive in, and soak in the backstory to one of the world’s most famous heroes …
Unbreakable, the fiercest chain about the young man’s heart,
Unleashed upon the creature who had ripped and torn apart
The villagers about the halls in Geatland abroad,
A monster with six drooling heads that mocked the face of God.
But Beowulf did not despair; at fifteen, his delight
Exemplified the notion of engaging in a fight.
The childhood of the warrior standing face to face with death
Consumed his inner workings, breaking heavy in each breath.
A baby at the teat had turned to crush the necks of foes …
An eager set of trolls intent to usher in new woes …
And though his mother did her part, she marveled at the sight-
An infant brought her justice and erased away her plight.
The tiny hands encroached the throats and twisted, turned and ripped
Removing flesh and hair until a gaping hole that dripped
A gushing flow in bloody spurts evicting both the trolls.
Disposing of their lives, the baby halted all their goals.
Amazed by all the infant’s strength, his mother offered care.
Inspired, she named him Beowulf, bee- wolf; her little bear.
The sister of King Hygelac, her nature royally proof,
Igniting in the son of Ecgtheow certain truth.
Unknown to him the hidden source of power coursing strong
Inside his veins came from above, the angels in their throng
Acknowledging the earth below from Asgard in their hall.
Respected thus by Odin and by Thor whose hammer fall
Responded in the echoes of all Beowulf would be:
A hero of the super sort, a name eternally
Invoked in times of horror or to pull away from fear.
The mythos would surround him as he grew from year to year.
A legend born, for in his name, the world beyond drew hope.
Adulthood brought him fortune, but his youth was hard to cope.
A ruffian, delinquent bound, through times of hit and miss;
The young man standing now before the hydra demon’s hiss
Created a distraction using his blade and a rock.
A thwacking crack and off the stone flew somewhere in the flock
Of sheep within a gated field, enough to cause a stir,
And bleating sounds erupted as a claw reached out for fur.
Exactly in that moment, Beowulf took aim and swung
Decapitating four heads leaving nubs that limply hung.
However, just as soon as they were slain, another popped
Replacing what was severed, and the process never stopped.
Enraged by what the beast could do, the juvenile’s new plot
Transformed when to his left he saw a fire full blazing hot.
Perhaps if he could cauterize the wounds, he would prevail.
Into the flame, he stuck his blade, then hoped he would not fail.
A head came off, another, then the sound of searing skin,
And nothing came to take the place of where the head had been.
The anger in the monster burst as desperation surged,
But Beowulf stood firmly and at last his realm was purged.
The final head lunged, snapping, gaping maw intent to eat.
However, Beowulf reacted, delving in the meat
Of freshly singed and sauntered flesh, evoking brutal pain,
And with a final swoosh of a sword, he cleansed his cursed domain.
The people cheered as he withdrew and dove into the blue.
A swim to clear his mind was something he would often do,
And as he ventured further out in super human speed,
The gods above him blessed his might as God Himself decreed …
Pronunciation guide: Geatland- (Yay- ut- Land)
Hygelac- (Hee- uh-lak)
Ecgtheow- (Edge- thay- o)