A Brit a Day [#462]


Alex Turner is stepping aside just for today.

I finished reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of ‘Beowulf’ last night, and while I do NOT intend to see the 2007 movie, for all kinds of reasons, I was interested to learn that Brendan Gleeson played Wiglaf. Wiglaf, in the poem, ends up in the morally superior position of being the only one of Beowulf’s men who does not run away in fear from the dragon. Brendan Gleeson will always be, first in my mind, Mad-Eye Moody.

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