Deað bið sella eorla gehwylcum þonne edwitlif.

Aaron Andrews‘ depiction of Beowulf’s fateful final battle is chock full cool details, like snow on the mountaintop, a treasure chamber, and lovely mushrooms. Be sure to check out the full gallery on Brickshelf.

(Yes, that’s right, the post title is indeed in Old English. :-D It’s a quote from lines 2890-2891 that says “A warrior will sooner die than live a life of shame.”)

7 comments on “Deað bið sella eorla gehwylcum þonne edwitlif.

  1. David

    We had to read part of Beowulf in Middle English and Old English, it was annoying.

    Further proving that the public education system is pointless. Have I ever used it? No. Have I ever needed Beowulf? Also no.

    But nice Lego mountain. :)

  2. greenglo

    No point to Beowulf!?! Only the fact that it is the oldest recorded epic in the language you are currently speaking! Not to mention it’s a sweet story. I would keep an eye on your Lego Vikings while you are sleeping tonight.

  3. DARKspawn

    No need for Beowulf? Phooey! It’s an awesome story, I guess I wasn’t forced to read it though ;) Cheers Andrew, & awesome quote

  4. CyberLizard

    `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    Alright, so it’s Jabberwocky, not Beowulf. It all sounds the same ;-)

    Seriously, awesome mountain! Very cool.

  5. David

    DarkSpawn might be right, I think it was because I was forced to read it by a terrible teacher.

    But I wasn’t forced to read 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 and those are some of the worst written book ever. I never made it past page 11 of 1984 because it’s just TERRIBLE and I kept falling asleep. Fahrenheit 451 I read the whole book, sure the message of censorship is important, but these famous writers aren’t good at writing!

    And Old English is nothing like modern English, and I have never needed to read in Old English. :-p

  6. greenglo

    I hated my French class in High School because we were not taught properly. Since then I have taken a class in Old English in University and Beowulf is nowhere close to a good starting point. Unless you were already learning Latin or German then I don’t see the point in having to read the original. If you don’t like the original by all means grab a translation, it is still worth a look!

    We can all agree this is an awesome lego creation.

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