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Desiring Dragons: Creative and Critical Responses to the Dragon in 'Beowulf'

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Laura Varnam discusses dragons in fantasy literature, exploring the ways in which the dragon of Beowulf inspired Tolkien in his writing of Smaug, allowed Maria Dahvana Headley to explore female power in her 2020 interpretation of the text, and gave Varnam herself new material for two original poems, read here for the first time.

A transcript is available here.

Date Published: 14 July 2021