— [http://goo.gl/jdEMCe] "Beowulf Deconstructed: The Old English of Beowulf" by Kevin Stroud, MP3. Genre: Spoken Word: Audiobook; Release Date: 2014

Kevin Stroud presents the story of Beowulf. By deconstructing the ancient poem and examining the original Old English language, Kevin Stroud re-introduces the classic story to a modern audience.

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Beowulf (/ˈbeɪ.ɵwʊlf/; in Old English) is an Old English epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, possibly the oldest surviving long poem in Old English and thus commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature.

Beowulf is an Old-English epic poem telling the tale of the Scandinavian hero, Beowulf and his battles with monstrous creatures such as the savage Grendel. While the tale of Beowulf is set in Scandinavia the epic poem was written in England somewhere between the 8th and 11th centuries. Unfortunately, any details about its original author are a mystery. Many scholars believe that due to the themes of the poem it is most likely that it was penned sometime during the 8th century as the tale refers to Anglo-Saxon Paganism and makes no reference to modern Christianity.

The epic poem has long been an inspiration for writers as it is one of the earliest tales of heroes in history. It has been adapted through various mediums and has given birth to several pop culture icons such as the sci-fi movie Predator that borrows heavily on the Beowulf mythos.

Overall, this free audiobook of Beowulf does the job well enough as an introduction to interested audiences but this epic tale about a legendary hero is not without chinks in its armor.


"Beowulf Deconstructed: The Old English of Beowulf" by Kevin Stroud, MP3

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