Beowulf - Preface

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Grendel, the dragon in Beowulf, is sleeping when a slave cannot resist the temptation to steal a golden cup.  He "gets away with it" - for a time - until Grendel awakes and realizes the cup is missing.  Illustration by Henrietta Elizabeth from a 1908 book Stories of Beowulf.  Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


Then a powerful demon, a prowler through the dark,
nursed a hard grievance. It harrowed him
to hear the din of the loud banquet
every day in the hall, the harp being struck
and the clear song of a skilled poet
telling with mastery of man’s beginnings ...


Anglo-Saxon Epic
Seamus HeaneyTranslation

Sailing the short distance from Geatland to Denmark, the sixth-century warrior was sure he could help. His name was Beowulf. He would soon meet a monster - the “powerful demon” Grendel - who had terrorized the Danes for a dozen years.

The story of Beowulf and his exploits, told by long-ago poets, comes to us through a single manuscript written in Old English. Is the story true? Where (and when) was the manuscript written?

And ... how could the story of Beowulf - about Scandinavian Geats, Danes and Swedes - become Britain’s national epic

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Original Release: Nov 01, 2007

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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