Beowulf

Seamus Heaney reads from his new translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

Episodes

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011999101120000905
20120903 (BBC7)

In the years after the funeral of King Shield Sheafson, the warrior of the Danes, the evil fiend Grendel rises to prowl the land.

At the court of Hygelac in Geatland, a great warrior prepares to help King Hrothgar.

A king is attacked by a demon. Can anyone help? Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

4 Extra Debut. A king is attacked by a demon. Can anyone help? Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

In the years after the funeral of King Shield Sheafson, the warrior of the Danes, the evil fiend Grendel rises to prowl the land.

021999101220000906
20120904 (BBC7)

Beowulf arrives in the land of the Shieldings and explains his mission to Hrothgar, the Danish king.

Can a new warrior help a king beset by a demon? Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

031999101320000907
20120905 (BBC7)

Beowulf's first encounter with the evil monster Grendel.

The great warrior battles the evil demon Grendel. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

041999101420000908
20120906 (BBC7)

Hrothgar, King of the Danes, hosts a victory feast to celebrate Beowulf's defeat of the evil monster Grendel.

The warrior celebrates his victory over the demon. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

051999101520000909
20120907 (BBC7)

After King Hrothgar's great victory feast for Beowulf, Grendel's mother appears to avenge the death of her son.

The warrior has to face a foe seeking revenge. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

061999101820000912
20120910 (BBC7)

Beowulf's fight with evil Grendel's mother.

The warrior faces a terrible battle to the death. Poet Seamus Heaney continues his translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

071999101920000913
20120911 (BBC7)

Home after ridding the Danes of Grendel and his mother, Beowulf is welcomed at the court of Hygelac, king of the Geats.

What will the warrior find when he returns home? Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

081999102020000914
20120912 (BBC7)

After the death of King Hygelac, Beowulf rules the land of the Geats for 50 winters.

Then a dragon awakes.

The warrior - now much older - must face a dragon. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

091999102120000915
20120913 (BBC7)

Beowulf, who has ruled the Geats for 50 winters, fights the dragon.

The warrior tries again to defeat the dragon. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.

10 LAST1999102220000916
20120914 (BBC7)

After defeating the dragon, the warrior is buried. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem.