In this edition, the 3100+ lines of the poem are presented side-by-side in Old English and modern English. The highly readable, modern translation is done by author Seamus Heaney, the 1995 laureate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney also writes the introduction, which provides historical background and some analysis of the poem. - Anh
Well known as one of the greatest heroic poems in Old English, Beowulf recounts the tales and adventures of the character with the same moniker. In the first adventure, Beowulf, a young nobleman from southern Sweden, comes to the aid of the King of Denmark by fighting the monster Grendel. In the second tale, after 50 years of peaceful rule, Beowulf is called upon to fight the dragon that has been terrorizing his country. Thought to be written sometime between the late 7th and early 11th centuries, the original author is unknown. However, there are many different versions available; see below for a few of these.