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Beowulf (Est. 700 and 1000 A.D) | Written by: Author(s) Unknown | Published by: Norton
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S’all good up in The Land of the Danes where righteous King Hrothgar dun built a mead-hall for his army so they can get white-boy wasted on the reg. Them playas ragin so hard that they disturb a stank beast named Grendel, who start rollin up to the mead-hall erry night to lay a whoop on them Danes.Grendel beefin wit them boys for years til one day Beowulf, the baddest muthafu**a in the whole world, rolls up to the king and say that not only is he gonna waste Grendel, but he gonna show out and do it unarmed.Hrothgar gets all geeked up about Beowulf’s arrival and go balls-out to celebrate. When Grendel finally busts in and starts scrappin with Beowulf, that scrub aint no match fo Wolfy, who straight rips his arm off. Then Grendel cowers back to his spot, where he bleeds out like a little ol bitch.Hrothgar gives big ups to Beowulf for icing Grendel, but the party gotta stop short when Grendel’s mama gets all crunk bout her son’s death and start jackin shit up in the mead-hall.
So Wolfy and his boys strap up and head to her underwater crib where Beowulf straight mercs this beezy.Now that the Danes be rid of all they monsters, Beowulf rolls back home to Geatland where he shares his bling with the King Hygelac and Queen Hygd.Later, Hygelac and his son get shanked in a war, so Beowulf inherits the throne. After years of rockin the crown like a boss, old man Beowulf hear some bad news: his pad got smoked by a dragon. See, some wank-ass fool boosted a Goblet from the phat stash of that dragon, and when he realizes someone been gankin his ice, he start goin HAM all up Geatland. Even though he an old codger now, Beowulf gathers his posse and steps up to buck dat dragon. Wit the help of his boy Wiglaf, Beowulf gats dat scaley scrub, but not before gettin bitten by his poisonous fangs.
In the end, Beowulf goes belly up from da poison. So mah boys build a decked out funeral pyre and send him off with a bunch of the shiniest bling in the land.So even though the Geats lost a badass King, he dun left them with a swoel fortune. And in a culture of tit for tat, the king is swingin a big dick when he’s bank rollin his peeps. Cuz if your pants ain’t bulging with benjamins, your people ain’t gonna show you no love.
Like that hater King Heremod, it don’t matter how much power God givin you, if you don’t cough up the cash, you only gonna bring ruin to your people.
Let this marinate, son. When it comes to layin the anglo-saxon poetry game, you can bet that the da character names be loaded with meaning.
So let me tell it like it is: Homies always debatin bout the meaning of Beowulf’s name, but the tightest translation is man-wolf- reppin my boy’s human and beastly qualities.
Cuz sometimes Beowulf actin chill, but other times he comin out so hard that he just as monstorous all those beasties he beefin wit.
Like dat uber-mayne Nietzche sayin in Beyond Good and Evil-
Sparky reads quote: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”
But Beowulf’s beef with those monsters don’t just stop at all dat slanin and bangin. The realest danger is in becoming a gnarly beast just like them. Cuz on the real, Wulfy’s rampagin is just his outta control pride attempting to solve the violence of the world with mo’ violence.
Even when Wulfy steps up to Grendel, his head get way too big when he gotta show out and wreck Grendel without his chrome. Although Hrothgar tells him not to give in to pride, Beowulf don’t listen.
Cuz it’s dat pride that keeps Beowulf from gathering an posse to bust a cap in dat dragon.
And its exactly this that leads him to the greatest monster of all, one
that’s so bad, no baller can touch it no matter how righteous he thuggin- death.
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