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tiggy114 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:44:18

I've just started a distance learning course on anglo saxon culture. One of the main txts is beowulf. I have never read it. Eek. :s i have it downloaded and am starting to wade through it but could do with a quick overview so i know what the gist is. I have an unwatched copy of the film with angelina jolie. Does anyone who's read beowulf know if the film is close enough to the text to give me the gist of the story? Or is it nothing like? Also is seamus heaneys version worth a read or will i just confuse myself?

FamiliesShareGerms Mon 24-Sep-12 21:03:44

Not seen the film but Heaney's translation captures the mood well.

This is a decent plot summary

tiggy114 Mon 24-Sep-12 21:39:27

Thanks so much. That link has helped me me more than you know. It has references to old english grammar which is also discussed in the course. And explained some things i wasn't clear on. grin

FamiliesShareGerms Mon 24-Sep-12 21:46:33

Excellent - enjoy! Hwaet!!

UptoapointLordCopper Mon 24-Sep-12 22:16:01

I've read the Heaney translation too. It's not as daunting as you think. Enjoy! smile

WofflingOn Mon 24-Sep-12 22:23:22

Truly, the film is nothing like the text at all. grin
There are several interesting modern interpretations of the story, none of which follow the plot of the original, although they are fun.
Heaney's version is good.

tiggy114 Mon 24-Sep-12 22:30:19

Just ordered heany's version. According to amazon it has the old english on one side and translation on the other. The course is mainly about old english so this should be really useful. Thanks for the advice guys.

coffeeandcream Tue 25-Sep-12 20:31:32

I've always found sparknotes really useful for explaining classic or complicated texts. Google it and hopefully it'll help smile

tiggy114 Tue 25-Sep-12 21:12:45

Thanks coffee. I think the link above was spark notes and yes it was brilliant grin

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