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Publisher's Summary

The Old English epic poem Beowulf, recorded in its original Saxon dialect for the first time. 

Performed by Icelandic poet, playwright, professional storyteller and performer Svanur Thorkelsson, Audible’s production gives listeners the opportunity to experience how it might have felt to hear bards recite sections of the 3000-line poem from memory in Anglo Saxon dining halls. Audible’s Beowulf recaptures the heroic style and vast scale of what can be considered ‘England’s first native audiobook’.   

Considered one of the most important pieces of English literature, Beowulf has gripped audiences for over 1,000 years. It has been hugely influential on English and world literature – in particular Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones – and has continued to be explored and reinterpreted through adaptations across mediums including novels, film, TV, opera, graphic novels and more. 

About the narrator

Svanur Thorkelsson is a native Icelandic poet and a playwright. As a professional storyteller and a performer Svanur channels his passion for authentic Nordic and Anglo Saxon lore and legends. His work includes media such as radio, theatre and television as well as participation in public and private events. Svanur has also over the years worked to promote and partake in bardic events in the UK and Iceland. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • Christopher Mclaughlin
  • 2020-10-15

Recorded in Anglo-Saxon, not Modern English

They probably should have mentioned that the recording is performed in early Anglo-Saxon, which I guess technically is English. Either way, an English speaker won’t comprehend any of this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-11-28

Its not in English

In the details it says "Language: English." My guess is its in a Germanic language but I don't know. the only English is when the narrator says the Stanza.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-11

Thank You

In teaching myself anglo-saxon english, I’ve longed for a translation of beowulf to be read aloud for so long. There need to be more texts read in their original dialect, because this is glorious.

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  • William Simkiss
  • 2021-03-01

Wonderful poetic reading of the classic.

Thorkelsson gives us the phrasing and passion of the book in its original tongue. If you’ve any doubts, listen to Stanza six.

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  • KEVIN J SMITH JR
  • 2020-12-05

such a great experience

great performance by an actual bard. i have always loved older dialects of english, but modern is fine too.

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