Archives For epics

He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and in this way the battle was won and the game of Golf invented at the same moment.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

The experience is not only grave but awe-inspiring. We feel it to be numinous. It is as if something of great moment had been communicated to us. The recurrent efforts of the mind to grasp- we mean, chiefly, to conceptualise- this something, are seen in the persistent tendency of humanity to provide myths with allegorical explanations. And after all allegories have been tried, the myth itself continues to feel more important than they.

C.S. Lewis concerning myths, An Experiment in Criticism 

The value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity.

C.S. Lewis

The Epic of Gilgamesh (Mesopotamia) – author unknown

Iliad (Greece) – ascribed to Homer

Odyssey (Greece) – ascribed to Homer

Aeneid (Rome) – Virgil 

Metamorphoses (Rome) – Ovid

Beowulf (Britain) – author unknown

Both Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained (Britain) – John Milton


Of course there are loads of more amazing epic poems and stories to read, but these are for me some that are must reads. Enjoy.