Beowulf – Narrative Text

Beowulf – Narrative Text

Beowulf - Narrative Text

Beowulf – Narrative Text

Beowulf

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Once, many centuries ago, there was a great King of Denmark, whose name was Hrotyar of the House of Scyld. The Danes were a Viking nation, proud warriors who built great boats to travel the seas and conquer many strange lands. This King Hrotyar built a great wooden hall, which he called Heorot or the hart, and he intended it to be the heart of his kingdom, where he would honour the great deeds done by his warriors, and entertain visitors to his Kingdom them with lavish feasts. Every night, while the King was in his Kingdom, great feasts were held here, always accompanied by loud carousing

At that time, many, many, years ago, monsters still dwelt on the earth. Many people believed that at the beginning of time some people had incurred the wrath of the gods and been outcast from human society. As time had passed these outcasts had grown into horribly deformed, hateful creatures, who took every opportunity to wage war against mankind, as they were jealous of those who lived by the grace of the gods. In the marshes near the great hall Heorot there secretly dwelt two such monstrous creatures, one called Grendel, and his mother. Grendel was as tall as two men and as broad as four. He possessed enormous strength, and his entire body was covered in hard, scaly skin. They lived in the murky waters of a dark pond and would attack lone travellers passing through the marshes.

Grendel had been listening to the merrymaking and feasting going on in Heorot, and he was getting more and more miserable until one night he decided to pay a visit to the hall. With one stroke of his great strong arm, he broke down the tall doors, and burst inside, howling terribly. The unsuspecting feasting warriors were totally taken by surprise, they groped for their weapons and tried to defend themselves. But their weapons made no impact on the monster, their blows just glanced off the green scales covering Grenfel. With his enormous hands the monster scooped up two or three warriors at once, breaking their skulls and their bones, he gathered several of them under his arms and left the hall, taking his prey back to his lair, where he and his mother had their own feast.

A few days and nights passed, during which time Hrotyar and his warriors lamented the friends they lost and set about repairing and fortifying the entrance to the hall. They tried to find the lair of the beast, but although they could follow the bloody tracks, they disappeared into the murky waters of the fen, and the king and his troupe returned home unable to have heir revenge.

Then Grenfel struck again. The fortifications proved useless at stopping the creature, and once again he appeared impervious to the blows of the warriors’ swords and axes and took with him as many as he could carry.

Terjemahan

Pernah, berabad-abad yang lalu, ada Raja Denmark yang agung, yang namanya Hrotyar dari House of Scyld. Orang-orang Denmark adalah bangsa Viking, pejuang yang bangga yang membuat kapal-kapal besar untuk bepergian ke lautan dan menaklukkan banyak negeri asing. Raja Hrotyar ini membangun sebuah aula kayu besar, yang dia sebut Heorot, atau rusa jantan, dan dia bermaksud menjadi jantung kerajaannya, di mana dia akan menghormati perbuatan besar yang dilakukan oleh para pejuangnya, dan menghibur pengunjung ke Kerajaan mereka dengan pesta mewah. Setiap malam, saat Raja berada di Kerajaannya, pesta-pesta besar diadakan di sini, selalu disertai dengan pora yang keras

Pada waktu itu, banyak, bertahun-tahun yang lalu, monster masih berdiam di bumi. Banyak orang percaya bahwa pada awal waktu beberapa orang telah menimbulkan murka para dewa dan diusir dari masyarakat manusia. Seiring berlalunya waktu, orang-orang buangan ini telah tumbuh menjadi makhluk yang sangat cacat dan kebencian, yang mengambil setiap kesempatan untuk berperang melawan umat manusia, karena mereka cemburu pada mereka yang hidup oleh rahmat para dewa. Di rawa-rawa dekat aula besar Heorot ada diam-diam tinggal dua makhluk mengerikan seperti itu, satu disebut Grendel, dan ibunya. Grendel setinggi dua pria, dan selebar empat. Dia memiliki kekuatan yang sangat besar, dan seluruh tubuhnya ditutupi kulit yang keras dan bersisik. Mereka tinggal di perairan suram dari kolam yang gelap, dan akan menyerang satu-satunya pengembara yang melewati rawa-rawa.

Grendel mendengarkan keriangan dan pesta yang berlangsung di Heorot, dan dia semakin menderita, sampai suatu malam dia memutuskan untuk berkunjung ke aula. Dengan satu pukulan dari lengannya yang kuat dan kuat, dia mendobrak pintu-pintu tinggi, dan menyerbu masuk, melolong dengan sangat. Para pejuang pesta yang tidak curiga benar-benar terkejut, mereka mencari-cari senjata mereka dan mencoba membela diri. Tapi senjata mereka tidak berdampak pada monster itu, pukulan mereka hanya melirik sisik hijau yang menutupi Grenfel. Dengan tangannya yang besar monster itu mengambil dua atau tiga prajurit sekaligus, mematahkan tengkorak dan tulang mereka, dia mengumpulkan beberapa dari mereka di bawah lengannya dan meninggalkan aula, membawa mangsanya kembali ke sarangnya, di mana dia dan ibunya memiliki mereka pesta sendiri.

Beberapa hari dan malam berlalu, selama waktu itu Hrotyar dan para prajuritnya menyesali teman-teman mereka yang hilang, dan mulai memperbaiki dan memperkuat pintu masuk ke aula. Mereka mencoba menemukan sarang binatang buas, tetapi meskipun mereka dapat mengikuti jejak berdarah, mereka menghilang ke dalam air keruh fen, dan raja dan rombongannya pulang ke rumah tidak dapat membalas dendam ahli waris.

Kemudian Grenfel menyerang lagi. Benteng terbukti tidak berguna untuk menghentikan makhluk itu, dan sekali lagi ia tampak kebal terhadap hantaman pedang dan kapak para prajurit, dan membawa bersamanya sebanyak yang ia bisa bawa.

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