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It's never been easy to be a hero. When Beowulf arrives at Hrothgar's hall, he discovers that the hall is beset by Grendel, an evil creature that kills and pillages with impunity. Beowulf, in heroic fashion, bests Grendel in combat, then follows Grendel back to his lair to finish the job. But Beowulf couldn't have counted on meeting Grendel's mother. And then, later, there's this dragon.... But why read about it? This story was meant to be told, to be repeated aloud. Listen as J. B. Bessinger, Jr., reads Beowulf and many other Old English poems, including Caedmon's Hymn. Listen to poems about love, war, faith, and heroism from centuries past. Contents include: Caedmon's Hymn, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, The Battle of Brunan Burg, A Wife's Lament, and selections from Beowulf: lines 1-125, lines 195-225, lines 702-852, and lines 3137-3180.

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Old English supplement

Wow! This is a great reading of the poem in old English. I am beginning to learn the language, and I love the sound of it while I work the garden and learn old English, a few words every so often. I also recommend getting the text if you want to read along.

Beowulf in Old English

This is exactly what I have been looking for! Beowulf spoken in the original Anglo-Saxon speech! This is one of the primary tools I plan to use to further my study of Old English and I recommend any students of the language do the same. Nothing is more fun than learning a language by reading and listening to classic stories!

It's a shame that the negative ratings given to this historic Epic were from those who did not understand that this is Old English, not Modern English. Low ratings for this classic tale (especially spoken in the original speech) deserves naught but 5 stars!

Hail Beowulf!


This is a marvelous and captivating telling of Beowulf. The Old English is beautiful. I only wish that a full, unabridged version was available.

Anonymous, Beowulf
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  • Narrator: J. B. Bessinger, Jr.
  • Published: 2007

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