The Coming of the Dragon

The Coming of the Dragon

Book - 2010
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Rebecca Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this spectacular retelling of the end of the Old English poem Beowulf.

When he was a baby, Rune washed up onshore in a boat, along with a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. Some people thought he was a sacrifice to the gods and wanted to send him right back to the sea. Luckily for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed. He lifted the boy from the boat and gave him to Amma, a wisewoman living on a farm far removed from the king's hall, to raise as she saw fit.

Sixteen years later, Rune spends his summers laboring on the farm. And at King Beowulf's request, he comes to the hall each winter for weapons training. But somehow he never quite fits in. Many people still fear he will bring a curse on the kingdom. Then a terrible thing happens. On a lonely crag on a mountain that belongs to the giants, someone awakens a dragon. It is time for Rune to find the warrior inside himself and prove to the doubters once and for all that he is a true hero.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375961939
Branch Call Number: YA BARNHOUS
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm.


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Rune, an orphaned teen boy, was the first to see the dragon. Awakened from its sleep of many years, it soared over the countryside, wreaking havoc and death. Rune resolves to help King Beowulf find and defeat the dragon when it destroys the only home he has ever known, and the elderly woman who raised him.


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