Wednesday, November 15, 2006


If it was a snake...

... it would have bitten me.

I'm in the final stages of preproduction on End of the Century, tightening up the outline and filling in the gaps before sitting down and doing the bulk of the writing in December, and just now I tripped over something that I've had staring at me from my notes since the summer. The eponymous hero of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf was a contemporary of the historical Arthur. The same Arthur who made his name repelling the Saxon invasion of Britain. Right?

So, has anyone ever played with this idea, and placed Beowulf among the invading Saxon hordes, opposite Arthur and his Romanized Britons? After all, these are the two major culture heroes of Great Britain, one English and one British, in more or less the same place at more or less the same time, but on opposing sides.

I'll have to see if the dates line up, but I'm sorely tempted to have Beowulf be among those at the Battle of Badon with Octha Big Knife.

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