#19: GRENDEL

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"He was of a race of monsters
exiled from mankind by God--
He was of the race of Cain,
that man punished for
murdering his brother.
From that family comes
all evil beings--
monsters, elves, zombies.
Also the giants who
fought with God and got
repaid with the flood."

Not only is Beowulf the oldest known piece of English literature (written sometime before the 10th Century), but it features the first non biblical literary monster, Grendel.  Grendel was a badass like no other.  Coming in to a warrior stronghold at night, he rips 30 of them to shreds as if they were wet paper dolls, Grendel was one wicked dude.  I've seen him represented as a giant dragon looking guy, and a savage beast (as pictured above).   The epic poem leaves his appearance to your imagination.  It's mentioned that he's a descendant of the original murderer, Cain, himself, so his evil has festered through generations. 

An actual photograph of an original page from the Beolwulf manuscript

Though you can read the original text (as pictured above) if you CLICK HERE, I highly recommend this modernized adaptation by Dr. David Breeded (and quoted under the lead picture above) for a better thrill, as it explains much within the text in simpler terms that would normally require a ton of footnotes.

So before Preadator, Alien, The Terminator, even Frankenstein or Dracula, you've got this wonderful creature, hundreds of years in advance, laying the groundwork for evil mayhem for centuries to follow.

 


Bizarro Shopping Zone

I highly recommend this great paperback collection of Bizarro stories from Amazon, at $3 off the cover price for $11.95 .  I bought it a year ago and have read it several times already, it's great laugh out loud comedy that hasn't been in comic books for decades.  And the Jaime "Love and Rockets" Hernandez cover is an added treat!

 

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