This week, Somer covers the heroic classic, Beowulf. We don’t know who wrote it, or when, but we certainly know who’s the best hero ever because he tells us. We also know that a certain movie adaptation makes Somer a little loud and grouchy.
NOTE: This episode has been deleted and recast in higher audio quality in Episode 96.
This week I talk about Beowulf, but specifically, Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. Here’s the US Amazon link to the book, and for you lovely folks outside of the US, you can find it easily in the Amazon search bar “Seamus Heaney Beowulf.” It pops right up. It’s a very wonderful translation that’s easy to read.
I also talk in the beginning of the questions that linger about who wrote Beowulf and when. Here is a link to an interesting article that details that Swedish Archaeologist’s claims that the work is not English. It’s a good read.
And now for the icky part: movies! I’m not looking to IMDB today because the search wasn’t so very clean or comprehensive, but Wikipedia has a nice list of Beowulf inspired movies. Check them out!
Get your mead horn out and settle in for a fun read!
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