How well do you know Beowulf?

It is one of the most popular epic tales from the Middle Ages. If you have read Beowulf, can you remember what’s missing from these ten passages?

Earth, air, fire, and water in Beowulf

In this thesis, I explore the intersection of nature and human society in the poem Beowulf.

Looking at the hero: Beowulf and graphic novels in the 21st Century

ln the not so vast panorama of adaptations into comics of medieval literature, Beowulf is clearly an exception. Whilst several comic books series and graphic novels are inspired by the world of Icelandic sagas, very few of them can be considered as retellings of a specifics source text.

Beowulf before Beowulf: Anglo-Saxon Anthroponymy and Heroic Legend

Since the inception of Beowulf scholarship approximately two hundred years ago, debate has persisted concerning the nature of the poem’s eponymous hero. Is he a historical Geatish prince or is he a fictional character inserted into a historico-legendary world?

Get Thee to a Nunnery: Unruly Women and Christianity in Medieval Europe

These texts also demonstrate that women’s power waned in the shift between pre-Christian and Christian Europe.

BOOK REVIEW: Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife by Susan Signe Morrison

Grendel’s Mother tells the story of Brimhild, a child found abandoned in a boat on the shores of Denmark. Taken in by a fisherwoman woman and her husband, she is received as a blessing for the child they recently lost. There is nothing to identify her save for a few strange, and foreign items packed […]

On Heroes and Monsters: The Proposed Influence of the Aeneid on Beowulf

The proposed study will take an indepth approach by examining two sets of passages to show that the similarities between the behaviors, descriptions, and lineages of the heroes and monsters are so precise that they exclude many other possible influences of Beowulf.

TV Preview: Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

Viewers in the United Kingdom will be the first to see Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, as the new series premieres on ITV tonight at 7:00 pm. American viewers will need to wait until January 23rd, when the Esquire Network begins airing episodes.

Why Tolkien’s Beowulf is an ‘amazing book but a terrible translation’

In the spring of 2014 a translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was published. Last week, Andy Orchard, one of the leading scholars of Old English, offered his thoughts about the book and revealed that he will be writing his own translation of the famous medieval poem.

Scribal Practice in the Beowulf Manuscript

There was a time, not too long ago, when we thought we knew a great deal more about Beowulf than we do now.

Senses of the Past: The Old English Vocabulary of History

How did the Anglo-Saxons think about history?

Beowulf and the Comic Book: Contemporary Readings

This paper explores the appropriation of the Old English poem by modern popular culture in such a distinctive 20th-century art-form as the comic book, which proves that a heroic, legendary story already old for the Anglo-Saxons —it was set in geardagum, ‘the ancient days’— still elicits the interest of the audience in the modern world.

Gareth Hinds’ Beowulf

Dark and visceral, the graphic novel version of Beowulf created by Gareth Hinds is considered to be one of the most successful adaptations of the Old English tale.

Reinventing the Hero: Gardner’s Grendel and the Shifting Face of Beowulf in Popular Culture

In twentieth- and twenty-first century Anglophone culture, the impact of Beowulfiana — what we call that amorphous mass of materials that have accumulated around the poem — has been widespread yet subtle.

Grendel and Cain’s Descendants

The figure of Cain, the first rebel against the Lord and murderer of kin, acted as a particularly significant link in identifying ancient belief with the new faith through his descendant Grendel

Roses are Red, Violets are Beowulf

Let’s take five minutes to look at medieval alliterative poetry, using some of the most famous poems of the period.

The Anglo-Saxon War-Culture and The Lord of the Rings: Legacy and Reappraisal

The literature of war in English claims its origin from the Homeric epics, and the medieval accounts of chivalry and the crusades.

J.R.R. Tolkien and the morality of monstrosity

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth is Beowulf for the twentieth century.

Beowulf mini-series being created for television

A thirteen episode mini-series of Beowulf is being created by the the British broadcaster ITV.

Faith in a Heap of Broken Images: The Christian Beowulf

My paper will seek to demonstrate how the poet’s mode of interpretation informs his moral perspective, which is compatible with the unmentioned (though implied) doctrine of Christianity and diametrically opposed to the older Anglo-Saxon religious customs the poet refers to as ‘heathen.’

The Horror of Saints, Slashers, and Virgins

In our modern world, the repression of sexuality is still prevalent, although it is better masked than it was in the Middle Ages, and we still use the image of women and virginity to terrorize or save.

The Anglo-Saxon War-Culture and The Lord of the Rings: Legacy and Reappraisal

Considering the scarcity of the Anglo-Saxon influence in modern war-literature in general, one may wonder and stop by a work like The Lord of the Rings or Silmarillion, which few would be willing to categorise as serious war-literature.

Seamus Heaney and Beowulf

Anglo-Saxonists everywhere should celebrate, perhaps annually in a brief offering of gifts at a local temple, the remarkable fact that Seamus Heaney completed his commissioned translation of Beowulf and published it in 1999, creating the first breaking wave of what was already a gradual tidal swell of interest in the text.

Making Sacrifices: Beowulf and Film

This essay reviews opening scenes in some recent film Beowulfs, which, although they have nothing at all to say about Scyld Scefing, suggest a sacrificial reading of the prologue and perhaps even the whole poem.

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