"Beowulf: The Swimming Contest" -Jumana Motiwala

"Beowulf: The Swimming Contest" -Jumana Motiwala

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  • "Well, friend Unferth, you have had your say about Breca and me. But it was mostly beer that was doing the talking. The truth is this:" (530-533)
  • *remembers swim contest story*
  • "we grew up daring ourselves to outdo each other, boasting and urging each other to risk our lives on the sea. And so it turned out. Each of us swam holding a sword..." (535-539)
  • "...when some ocean creature pulled me to the bottom. Pinioned fast and swathed in its grip, I was granted one final chance: my sword plunged and the ordeal was over..." (553-557)
  • "Time and again, foul things attacked me...but I lashed out, gave as good as I got with my sword.....From now on sailors would be safe, the deep-sea raids were over for good." (559-569)
  • "However it occurred, my sword had killed nine sea-monsters....worn out as I was, I survived, came through with my life. The ocean lifted and sailed me ashore, I landed safe and on the coast of Finland" (574-581)
  • "The fact is Unferth...he (Grendel) can trample down you Danes to his heart's content, humiliate and murder without fear of reprisal. But he will find me different." (590-601)
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