Up Coming Events
On September 11, the Humanists of Utah will host a presentation by Julie Boyden of her new translation of the ancient Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf. The saga had been recited orally for many centuries before it was written down as a poem by a Christian poet.
He, and many Christian monks afterwards, inserted many Christian ideas. Boyden's new translation removed those insertions. She spent four years learning Anglo-Saxon and has "basically let the language of the poem itself" tell her the story.
As she says, "The society that produced the story of Beowulf might, wrongly, be considered by many as nasty, or brutish, even primitive; but that long-lost society exemplified a firm trust in Fate a strict code of honor, loyalty, and oath-keeping, the importance of doing one's duty. The promise of God-given rewards for living a life built on Christian principles plays no part in the lives of the warriors of Beowulf."
When I heard of Boyden's work, I knew it was with an approach that a secular humanist would take. I am sure the Boyden translation will strike chords of emotional understanding in all of us when we hear her.
Julie Boyden was born in Salt Lake City. She grew up with a deep love of reading and learning. Boyden was in college when she first heard the language of Anglo Saxon--
a favorite professor boomed out the first eleven lines of Beowulf in class. Her desire to fully know and experience the poem and its language was born then. It took years to find a tutor, and when she finally did, they used Beowulf itself as their primer.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday September 11, in Eliot Hall at the First Unitarian Church located at 569 South 1300 East, in Salt Lake City. The lecture will be followed by questions and answers and light refreshments. Please come and bring a friend.
All interested people are welcome, there is no charge to attend but donations are always welcomed.
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