Fanning the Flames

Women of Beowulf, Vol. 2

Fanning the Flames

By Donnita L. Rogers
2014 | 350 pp. | 978-0-86698-804-9 | Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
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Fleeing to Beowulf’s country after the deaths of her father and brothers in Denmark, Freawaru arrives in the midst of a crisis: Beowulf’s king has been killed in a raid. Can Freawaru build a new life among the Geats for herself and the child she carries?

The increasing attraction between Beowulf and Freawaru is complicated by a vow each has made to the gods and is threatened by the demands of a rival queen.

At home, Freawaru leads the women in worshipping the goddess — the source of Freawaru’s own powers. Abroad, her gifts as seeress and peacemaker are put to the test when she attends the Great Sacrifice at Uppsala.

Caught up in the on-going warfare between the Geats and the Swedes, she desperately seeks to foresee the future for herself and Beowulf. Hanging just outside of her reach is the meaning of those recurring dragon sightings in the night sky . . . . What do they portend?


Donnita L. Rogers taught Beowulf in high school and college for many years before tackling the women’s side of the story. Now retired, she travels abroad researching background for her historical fiction. She and her partner, Don, divide their time among an island cabin in Canada, a farmhouse in Minnesota, and a river home in Texas.
Reviews

From a single word in line 2,022 of Beowulf — the name “Freawaru”— a whole new epic has emerged that sprawls across much of the North Sea Culture Zone.
This second volume of “The Women of Beowulf” trilogy is as resplendent of detail and excitement and insight as the first—and as mesmerizing.”
—Robert E. Bjork, Editor of Klaeber’s Beowulf, Fourth Edition