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0120130930

In the years after the funeral of the Dane's warrior King Shield Sheafson, the evil fiend Grendel rises to prowl the land. At the court of Hygelac in Geatland, a great warrior prepares to help King Hrothgar.

Radio 4 pays tribute to Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize-winning poet, internationally recognised as one of the greatest contemporary voices who passed away earlier this month at the age of 74.

Composed towards the end of the first millennium, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature. Seamus Heaney's translation , completed near the end of the second millennium is both true, line by line, to the original, as well as being an expression of his own creative, lyrical gift.

Here, in a recording made ten years ago, Seamus Heaney brings his vibrant powerful writing to life as he reads ten fifteen minute extracts from the narrative.

The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then living on, physically and psychically exposed, in that exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels between this story and the history of the twentieth century, nor can Heaney's Beowulf fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing.

But it also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0220131001

Beowulf arrives in the land of the Shieldings and explains his mission to King Hrothgar.

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

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0320131002

Beowulf's first encounter with the evil monster Grendel.

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0420131003

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

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

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0520131004

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

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

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0620131007

Beowulf's fight with the evil Grendel's mother.

Radio 4 pays tribute to Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize-winning poet, internationally recognised as one of the greatest contemporary voices who passed away in September at the age of 74.

Composed towards the end of the first millennium, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature. Seamus Heaney's translation , completed near the end of the second millennium is both true, line by line, to the original, as well as being an expression of his own creative, lyrical gift.

Here, in a recording made ten years ago, Seamus Heaney brings his vibrant powerful writing to life as he reads ten fifteen minute extracts from the narrative.

The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then living on, physically and psychically exposed, in that exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels between this story and the history of the twentieth century, nor can Heaney's Beowulf fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing.

But it also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0720131008

Beowulf is welcomed at the court of Hygelac, King of the Geats.

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

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0820131009

Beowulf rules the land of the Geats wisely for 50 winters. Then, a dragon awakes.

After the death of King Hygelac, Beowulf rules

the land of the Geats wisely for fifty winters. Then, a dragon awakes.

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

0920131010

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

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.

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

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The funeral of Beowulf.

Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Radio Drama North.