In the latest Hollywood version of Beowulf, Grendel is a deformed giant with golden highlights. As somewhat human, maybe he deserves our sympathy, despite his cannibalistic tastes.
However, in my adult storytelling version of the tale, BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE, both he and his mother are considerably more bestial.
In some depictions I’ve seen on book covers, Grendel is round and furry, almost like a bear. Since “the Beowulf poet” who wrote the tale but who’s identity remains a mystery, left few clues about Grendel’s appearance, I’ve opted for a wolf beast, eighteen feet tall, with matted fur that swarms with flies.
Like other characters in the tale, he’s got a distinct voice, although he cannot speak in human tongue. Still, through his roars and growls, you can tell what he’s thinking.
Come hear Grendel speak and see if you think I’ve been able to pull it off. The show is this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH.
Scored throughout on 12-string guitar, this is an adult storytelling with graphic violence. No children, please.
BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH