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It didn’t take long to get from Thunder Bluff to the Echo Isles – Ankona took advantage of a wyvern so she could think and plan before getting to her destination. She had information to confirm with the spirits – was Gromnor dead? Was he really in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms, somewhere […]

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Sunday Screenshot: Utgarde
comment 2 Written by on November 16, 2008 – 9:51 am


We have heard of the glory in bygone days
of the folk-kings of the spear-Danes,
how those noble lords did lofty deeds…*

*the opening lines of Beowulf (trans. R. M. Liuzza).  Since arriving in Valgarde, I’ve had Beowulf on the brain, as it were. If you’re ever interested in hearing how this epic Anglo-Saxon saga sounded when it was truly told as an epic (or at least, as close as we can get), look up Benjamin Bagby, who performs it in the original language.

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2 Responses to “Sunday Screenshot: Utgarde”

  1. My favorite bit from Beowulf is describing the ocean as the “whale road,” which seems especially appropriate in and around the waters of Daggercap Bay.

    (I also keep thinking “wine-dark sea” is from Beowulf, but it’s probably Shakespeare.)

    The Vrykul initially seemed like a distraction to me — I wanted all classic Scourge, all the time! — but now they’re my favorite antagonist in Northrend. They feel totally organic, frightening yet plausible and the lore aspects are so, so good.

  2. @Ringo Flinthammer: Actually “Wine-dark Sea” is from Homers Iliad and Odyssey- which is probably just as quotable with as many adventures and epic sagas as are happening in Northrend!

    By Anna on Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

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