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This text presents a faithful rendition of "Beowulf", a poem written in Old English sometime before the tenth century A.D., which describes the adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. The translation is combined with detailed annotations, with no reading knowledge of Old English assumed. Heaney's introduction discusses "Beowulf's" history in the canon and Heaney's translation process. "Contexts" provides a selection of material on Anglo-Saxon and early Northern culture. "Critcism" features eight essays relevant to undergraduate readers, including a discussion of the Old English poem that lies behind the translation. Contributors include: J.R.R. Tolkien, John Leyerle, Jane Chance, Roberta Frank, Fred C. Robinson, Thomas Hill, Leslie Webster and Daniel Donoghue. A glossary of proper names and a selected biography are included.