Set-Up: During Unferth’s response to the visiting warrior Beowulf, his childhood is brought up. In this situation, his integrity and loyalty is attacked. Beowulf — besides suggesting that Unferth’s tongue might be a bit thick with alcohol — boldly responds to this attack with a clear re-telling of a vital series of events from his childhood.
In essence, his childhood memory is both his sword and shield in the first ‘fight’ we witness. Kind of an interesting plot twist for a hero capable of fighting sea monsters, the spawn of Cain, and angry dragons.
Challenge: Write a response to the following question:
What is the earliest childhood memory — where you were the ‘hero’ or center of the story — that you are 100% convinced you remember?
Note: to the best of your ability, try to recall/describe a memory that does not require being reinforced by photographs and/or family members telling you key details.
Length: 7+ sentences