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  • Before The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbits, there was Beowulf. In fact, you can detect monsters and dragons from Beowulf in J.R.R. Tolkien's works. Tolkien and other Beowulf fans - scholarly and otherwise - have written lots of intepretations, translations, and created videos, audiobooks, animations and documentaries, which we bookmark in the Dishes section. We further bookmark a dozen study guides in the Chops section. 

  • Hero against monsters and dragon! What are the web media that'll help us appreciate Beowulf, the Old English epic poem, particularly,

    • encyclodedia overview,
    • translated text by various scholars,
    • audiobooks,
    • video lectures, notes, analysis, animation, documentaries,
    • lots of study guides (with their summaries, character lists, analyses, quizzes, study questions, essay guides, etc).
  • Dish 2 : Beowulf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • A meaty overview: Summary, synopsis, authorship, and discussions about the poem's manuscript, form, source, intepretation, etc 

  • Beowulf (/ˈbeɪ.ɵwʊlf/; in Old English [ˈbeːo̯wʊlf] or [ˈbeːəwʊlf]) is the conventional title[1] of an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature.
  • Dish 6 : The Adventures of Beowulf |

  • A modern, crisp, and stay-true version of Beowulf, by Dr. David Breeden.

    The Adventures of Beowulf
    an Adaptation from the Old English
    by Dr. David Breeden
    Illustrated by Randy Grochoske


    "The following is not a line-by-line translation of the original poem. Rather, I have attempted to recreate the poem as a contemporary poet would write it, a practice assumed in the oral tradition.

    Paradoxically, however, this translation is "truer" to the original than many scholarly works. For one thing, by using free verse I have not been forced into adding words or changing meaning for the sake of formal meter or rhyme. In addition, free verse has allowed me in many cases to recreate the rhythms of the original."

  • Written in Old English about 1100 A.D., Beowulf describes the adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Please enjoy our adaptation from the Old English version by Dr. David Breeden.
  • Dish 12 : Michael Wood - In search of Beowulf

  • A documentary by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 59:14 minutes.

  • Historian Michael Wood returns to his first great love, the Anglo-Saxon world, to reveal the origins of our literary heritage. Focusing on Beowulf and drawing on other Anglo-Saxon classics, he traces the birth of English poetry back to the Dark Ages. 

    Travelling across the British Isles from East Anglia to Scotland and with the help of Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, actor Julian Glover, local historians and enthusiasts, he brings the story and language of this iconic

  • Dish 13 : Beowulf & the Anglo-Saxons (Parts 1-8) |

  • Detailed documentary examining the linguistic, historical, archaelogical, religious, and other aspects of Beowulf. A playlist of 8-part videos, each one just short of 8 minutes.

    The intro in Youtube says: "Miraculously preserved over the centuries, its artistic importance was unrecognized until an essay by J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) revealed its unity and multi-dimensional structure. Beowulf is now regarded as the most important manuscript the Anglo-Saxons have handed down to us, of immense linguistic as well as poetic value.

    This program sets out to trace the origins of the tribes that brought this epic into being, the war-like Northmen from Sweden, Denmark and Germany who were to conquer and settle regions of a more clement and fertile island that would become known as England, named after the tribe of the Angles. "

  • Using 3-D animation, location footage, archive materials and interviews, the Beowulf epic is examined in the light of the civilization that created it. It investigates their religious beliefs as well as their everyday life, and suggests that, old as the poem is, it may have roots in an even more ancient fertility cult.

  Chops  - Study Resources
  • Chop 2 : SparkNotes: Beowulf |

  • Study note that includes an overview, analyses of characters, themes, motifs, symbols, all the 3182 lines of poem, and study tools, which include facts, study questions, essay topics, quiz, etc.

  • From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Beowulf Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.
  • Chop 4 : Beowulf Study Guide | GradeSaver

  • GradeSaver typically contains 

    • Summary,
    • Character list,
    • Essays,
    • Etext and where to buy the books,
    • Study questions from users.
  • Beowulf is an epic poem originally told in the Old English between the 8th and 11th centuries. Beowulf study guide contains literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, charact
  • Chop 5 : Beowulf |

  • Shmoop's opening video is often funny, and the study guide is divided into (use the orange horizontal tab/menu bar):

    • Intro, Summary
    • Themes, Quotes
    • Characters
    • Analysis
    • Study questions, Quizzes, Flashcards questions
    • Photos
    • Best of the Web - links to movie and other media info
    • Essay writing tips
    • Teaching and assignment resources (paid).

    See "Best of Web" resource link about more movies, audio files, documents, etc

  • Beowulf by Unknown. Beowulf analysis by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley
  • Chop 8 : Resources for the Study of Beowulf | Greene Hamlet

    • Why is Beowulf Important?
    • Beowulf & Other Manuscripts
    • Beowulf & Old English Literature
    • The Language of Beowulf
    • Editions and Translations
    • Beowulf as Inspiration
    • Sir Robert Cotton & His Library
    • Sutton Hoo & Staffordshire Hoard
    • The Scandinavian Connection
    • Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Studies
    • Periodical Indexes
    • Books in your Library
  • Resources for the study of Beowulf, including related information about Anglo-Saxon and Medieval studies, the language of Beowulf, Sir Robert Cotton, Sutton Hoo, and library resources.
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