In the following post we offer a short summary of beowulf and an introduction to its main themes the poem continues to enjoy popularity thanks to a bestselling translation by seamus heaney and a translation by j r r tolkien which was only published in 2014. Beowulf was composed by a brilliant absolutely brilliant poet who probably gathered together the oral traditions about beowulf a mythical north germanic king of the 6th century and from them produced this bold and exciting tale that we still read with great pleasure today. Introduction to beowulf 3182 lines in length beowulf is the longest surviving old english poem it survives in a single manuscript thought to date from the turn of the eleventh century though the
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