The Beowulf Thesaurus is freely available and can offer unique new insights into the vocabulary of early medieval England's best-known epic.
This blog post looks at how Bede's famous parable of the sparrow was reused in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
A set of Beowulf paper dolls, published in Dutch newspapers in 1934, is now made available with a modern English translation!
Whether as a royal present, a reward for heroism, a treasured heirloom or an impressive bride price, a horse was the perfect gift in early medieval England!
Before 'fake news', there was 'Beowulf's sandwich'. A reconstruction of a comic sketch from 1909.
For a bonus question on their exam, my students used their artistic talents to draw their own rendition of Grendel's mother from the Old English poem Beowulf.
What is Grendel? Six movie adaptations of Beowulf each give their own twist to this early medieval nightmare being.
A good way to keep out unwanted visitors and an inspiration to authors and artists: decapitation and impalement in Anglo-Saxon England.
One of the earliest student summaries of Beowulf survives in the drafts of a work by Dutch schoolmaster G. J. P. J. Bolland (1852-1922).
Not much is known about Benjamin Thorpe (1782-1870), yet he was one of the first scholars to publish voluminous editions and translations of Old English texts. This blog provides an overview of Thorpe's works on Anglo-Saxon texts and also reveals how his reputation was almost ruined because of faulty reprints of his Beowulf edition. Benjamin … Continue reading Benjamin Thorpe: The Man Who Translated Almost All Old English Texts