The oldest long poem in Old English, written about 1000 AD, Beowulf tells the story of a great warrior in Southern Scandinavia in both youth and maturity. The monster Grendel terrorises the Scyldings of Hrothgar’s Danish Kingdom until Beowulf defeats him. As a result he has to face Grendel’s enraged mother. Beowulf dies after a battle against a fierce dragon.
About the Author
Benedict Flynn is best known for his verse translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy but in addition he has produced modern verse versions of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Beowulf. He has also re-told the myths of The Tale of Troy, The Adventures of Odysseus, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Robin Hood.