Beowulf

Beowulf

Despite only being a poem, Beowulf has been adapted to stage, screen and books numerous times. Beowulf fights and defeats the monster Grendel and his vengeful mother. He becomes the king of Geats.

About Beowulf

Beowulf is the conventional title 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. It survives in a single manuscript known as the Nowell Codex. Its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet is dated between the 8th and the early 11th century. In 1731, the manuscript was badly damaged by a fire that swept through a building housing a collection of Medieval manuscripts assembled by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton. The poem fell into obscurity for decades, and its existence did not become widely known again until it was printed in 1815 in an edition prepared by the Icelandic-Danish scholar Grmur Jnsson Thorkelin. In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the help of Hrogar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall (in Heorot) has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel.

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