The Coming of the Dragon (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author


A former high school teacher, Rebecca Barnhouse earned her doctorate in medieval English literature in 1994. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where she teaches medieval literature and a variety of other literature and writing courses.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375861932
ISBN-10: 0375861939
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 26th, 2010
Pages: 320
Language: English