Translated by Frances B Gummere.  ISBN 978-0-9791813-1-3.  Paperback 6x9, 184pp.  $12.99.  

" 'Tis better to die than to live in shame." The oldest existing story written in Old English, Beowulf is the classic tale of courage and honor. In the Great Hall of Hrothgar, King of the Danes, the warrior Beowulf, son of a Swedish King, wages battle with the monster Grendel. The introduction contains a short history of the English language and a description of Anglo-Saxon culture.


"The Gummere translation excels it at capturing the feel of the Old English, and particularly the alliterations which pervade the original Anglo-Saxon text.  . . . I was excited to see that Gummere is circulating. I hope that many more people will read it and enjoy it as much as I do."

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Web Resources for the Study of Beowulf


Lesson Plans for Teachers

The English Teacher; Beowulf Lesson Plans

The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry; A Prelude to Beowulf

Class Zone: Beowulf

The Hero Connection; From Beowulf to Batman

An Introduction to Beowulf; Language and Poetics

Using History Through Literature

What Good is Beowulf?


Old English Language

Beowulf: The Complete Old English Text

Audio: Readings from Beowulf in Old English

University of Virginia's Old English

British Library; Old English

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in Old English


Anglo-Saxon Culture and Archeology

BBC's Anglo-Saxon History

The Sutton Hoo Archeological Site

Regia Anglorum: Anglo-Saxon History

Anglo-Saxon England