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And for a very short course on the history of English, see this concise page and this ten-minute animated video from Open University. We're hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. Click here to cancel reply.
This passage is from the epic tale of Beowulf, a tale told around winter fires on long evenings in Britain in the Dark Ages. August 9, at 8: Over many years, the monster had stalked across the moors and raided the King's hall Heorot by night, killing his men.
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Beowulf - Audiobook - Old English Epic Poem - Francis Barton Gummere
But, using your knowledge of the context set above, see if you can pick out any familiar words. Now move to the next page.
Beowulf reading, ll. 26-52
Click the Donate button and support Open Culture. Click on the audio link bewulf hear an actor reading the passage. Fiction Free Audio Books: I only recognized god and king but language sounds definitely more like swedish than english. About Submit a tip Contact Us.
Surely it would have been pronounced like a modern English V, as it still is in other Germanic languages and indeed was in English right up to the 17th century, as Engoish understand! Sign up for our e-newsletter. Extremely disappointing and outright wrong readings by reader 1 and reader 3 especially.
Beowulf reading, ll. | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures
And while such credentials translate to one of the most important works ever composed in Old English, there is no general consensus as to when this epic poem was actually composed, with dates ranging from 7th to 11th century AD the original manuscript was possibly produced between and AD.
September 13, at 4: Beowilf Free Audio Books: Thanks for a great article. April 15, at 3: Beowulf - page 3. He describes the desolate landscape: Beowulf is commonly known as the oldest surviving long poem in Old English, consisting of an impressive alliterative lines. We're hoping to rely on loyal readers, rather than erratic ads. Beowulf Beowulf - page 2 Beowulf - page 3. Engilsh first the words may seem completely unfamiliar.