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Beowulf Texts

Here you'll find a handful of helpful resources to begin your study of the Beowulf manuscript, including the text in its original Old English, Klaeber's seminal work of critical analysis, as well as a number of standard translations that are in the public domain and free to download. A useful reference for the study of Beowulf translations is Tinker's dissertation, which provides a comprehensive chronological survey of academic scholarship and criticism up to that time. Beowulf has been transcribed and translated a great many times, and few even of the most dedicated readers could hope to read each one, but these should provide a good start.

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Beowulf in Old English (c.1000 C.E.)

Harrison-Sharp Edition (1883)

The Translations of Beowulf: A Critical Bibliography

Chauncey Brewster Tinker (1903)

Beowulf & The Fight At Finnsburg

Frederick Klaeber
(First Edition, 1922)

Michigan University Scan [B/W]

Library of Congress Scan [Color]

The Anglo-Saxon Poems of Beowulf & The Fight at Finnsburg

Benjamin Thorpe
(Third Edition, 1889)

Dual-language edition

University of Pittsburg Scan [Color]

Beowulf: An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

Lesslie Hall translation (1892)

The Tale of Beowulf

Morris & Wyatt translation (1895)

An Epic Classic

Francis Gummere translation (1910)

Beowulf: A Metrical Translation Into Modern English

J.R Clark Hall translation (1914)

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