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"Wiglaf" by Elizabeth Bartlett

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Yeah, if any of you out there have ever read the epic tale of Beowulf, you'll know who this is. At the very end of the narrative, there is a young man named Wiglaf who helps the aging Beowulf defeat the dragon. Afterwards, Beowulf dies in Wiglaf's arms. Most people portray the young man as a kind of weakling, but to me, he's just a small character with a big heart...after all, he was the only one of his knight companions who ran to his king's aid, even in the midst of death. The dragon would never have been defeated without his help. Anyway, this is after Beowulf dies when Wiglaf is wishing that somehow he could have kept that valiant heart beating... **Update!** Well, I originally did this pic back in high school, and colored it sometime in spring of 2005. I love Wiglaf, he's such a great character! I think he'd be a nice guy in real life. I love the new Photoshop techniques I used in this pic; it kinda looks like parchment or something!

11 Apr 2004:-) Nadia Sultan
HI, I like this picture. My sister is studying Beowulf at degree level and she did not get the impression of Wiglaf at all. He was one of the warriors Beowulf chose to fight the dragon with so he could not possibly be weak and also without Wiglaf fighting the dragone would not have died.
However, I do like to see different interpretations of the story. I will be putting a picture of the fight with the dragon on my gallery shortly if you would like to have a look.

2 Elizabeth Bartlett replies: "Oh, I know Wiglaf isn't weak; it's just sad, because that's how he's often portrayed by literary interpreters. He was the strongest one in the story, if you ask me. I liked him. Yeah, I might check out your gallery; thanks for dropping by, and feel free to visit again!"
14 Aug 2004:-) Katie C. Brennan
I was thinking the whole Lancelot and Arthur thing. Like Beowulf's right hand man perhaps. But I loved the story and I love this pic.

12 Elizabeth Bartlett replies: "Yeah, Lance & Arthur; also a good story! But Beowulf is SUCH a classic; thanks for commenting, hun!"
13 Nov 2004:-) Jennifer Lynn Nelson
I had to write a story about Wiglaf in English. After I failed to graduate I started writing it again. It's posted on elfwood. I thought he was a strong character, he fought when no one else would, and honor is greater then physical stregnth, in my opinion anyway, and guys who will fight for those they love are sexy.

2 Elizabeth Bartlett replies: "I totally agree with you on that one. That's one of the reasons I like Wiglaf so much; he's honorable, and stands by what he believes in. And yes, that is sexy!!! ^_^"
6 Jul 200645 Cutè Pie
I haven't ever heard the story but it sounds really good! I like the whole dungeons and dragons thing so I really like this guy...

2 Elizabeth Bartlett replies: "Yeah, he's a great character...thanks for stopping by!"
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 • Created by: :-) Elizabeth Bartlett
 • Copyright: ©Elizabeth Bartlett. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Beowulf, Death, Man, Wiglaf
 • Categories: Man, Men, Warrior, Fighter, Mercenary, Knights, Paladins
 • Techniques: Computer-coloured Picture, Mechanical/Technical Pencils
 • Inspirations: Other Author
 • Submitted: 2005-05-31 19:38:03
 • Views: 3286
 • Resolution: 582x700

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