View Cart

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.

* * *

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)



Beowulf:
An Epic Classic

Francis Gummere translation (1910)


Beowulf: A Metrical Translation Into Modern English

J.R Clark Hall translation (1914)

Join Us
On Google+

Receive Our
RSS Feed

Look For Us
On LinkedIn

View Our Vids
On YouTube