Old English General Resources
The most imposing piece of literature that has been handed down to us from the Anglo-Saxons is the folk-epic Beowulf, dated at about 1000.
Beowulf - Text
Read "Beowulf," one of the greatest poetic works of the Medieval era.
The story of Beowulf and his monsters is a long and complicated record of terror, blood, glory, and death. The setting draws us to a place and time that's foreign to our understanding.
Books About Beowulf
Written around the tenth century A.D., "Beowulf" is one of the greatest works of the Medieval era. It describes a Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Read more about "Beowulf."
Bulfinch Mythology: Beowulf
"ALTHOUGH the manuscript which contains the epic of Beowulf was written about 1000 A.D., the poem itself was known and had been elaborated upon for centuries by minstrels who recited the heroic exploits of the son of Ecgtheow and nephew of Hygelac, King of the Geats, whose kingdom was what is now Southern Sweden."
Literature in Time - Literary Periods
Find a brief overview of periods in literature.
Old English Quiz
Test your knowledge of Old English literature
The Electronic Introduction to Old English
As Peter Baker explains: "This 'Introduction to Old English' was conceived as a work in electronic form and offered to the Rawlinson Center for publication via the Web in February 2001." The work has since been made into a book, so you have the opportunity to buy the book and/or read the work online.