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This site offers resources both for appreciating Beowulf as a masterwork of dramatic poetry and for exploring the fascinating world of Anglo-Saxon culture and literature.  

Beowulf: A Dramatic Translation
For nearly two centuries, Beowulf has been misread as a tale celebrating the bold deeds of heroes gone by. It is instead a darkly prophetic work that speaks to the indwelling core of Western culture. This full-length translation presents the poem as a masterpiece of oral narrative, a richly textured dramatic poetry layered with wordplay, cliffhangers, inflectional shifts, and thematic repetition.
See Beowulf: A Dramatic Translation .

The Bones of Beowulf:
An Interlinear Translation

Those who want to explore the poem in its original language will find an ideal resource in The Bones of Beowulf.

See Beowulf: An Interlinear Translation .

Performances of Beowulf
A range of performances and lectures on Beowulf are available for school, community, and university audiences.
See Performances.

Historical Resources
Explore the fascinating worlds of the Anglo-Saxons and of Europe in the early Middle Ages.
See Historical Resources.

Literary Resources
Read other literary works related to the poem and to the cultures of the Anglo-Saxons.
See Literary Resources.

Teaching Resources
Find resources to enrich the Beowulf classroom at every level.
See Teaching Resources.

Meet the Author
Chris Vinsonhaler brings the gifts of the bard to create a vivid and authoritative new approach to this ancient poem. Her work in performance and translation, hosted by universities, conferences, schools, and community groups, has been awarded a fellowship funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
See Chris Vinsonhaler.