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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.

(P)1962, 1996, 2007 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Beowulf, the more important poem in Old English and the first major poem in a European vernacular language, is remarkable for its sustained grandeur of tone and for the brilliance of its style." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)

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  • Kenneth
  • Queen Creek, AZ, USA
  • 11-21-07

Fun

Evan if you don't understand old English there is something uplifting listening to it. While listening you can almost imagine being around a fire in a great hall hearing the story teller weaving the tale of a great hero. Very engrossing, very fun.

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  • Richard
  • 05-31-13

Not a very good one

Frankly speaking, a Cambridge Old English Reader will help a lot. Although I am not good at speaking it. But the pronunciation might be too soft to fit the epic.