Beowulf is a 3,182 line epic poem which was written in Old English and which has been translated in various ways many dozens of times in the past 200 years. Old English scholars are in almost unanimous agreement that Beowulf is the greatest literary monument surviving from the Anglo-Saxon period.
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Sound recordings of selected excerpts from the poem. By Michael Drout.
Displays images of pages from the Beowulf manuscript and illustrations from books about Beowulf.
Provides background information on the poem and its manuscript. From the British Library.
Provides an overall summary of the poem as well as a detailed summary of each section.
Beowulf: a Summary in English Prose
A synopsis of the poem by D.L. Ashliman.
Eight Videos about Beowulf
A selection of videos in which the speakers discuss the Beowulf poem.
Major Characters in Beowulf
Brief descriptions of the most important characters in the Beowulf poem.
Minor Characters in Beowulf
Brief descriptions of some of the less important characters in the Beowulf poem.
Readings from Beowulf
Contains sound files for selected passages of the poem. Each sound file is accompanied by the Old English text.
Sound Recording from Beowulf
Sound recording of lines 64-125 (life in Hrothgar's hall). The recording is accompanied by the Old English text and textual notes.
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