"from Beowulf to the present day"

Beowulf is the name given to an epic poem written in Old English  by an anonymous poet some time between the 8th and 11th centuries. It is to be found in a manuscript known as the Nowell Codex which is kept at the British Library.

Several films based on the poem have been made, including two with the title, Beowulf (one in 1999, and one in 2007) and one with the title, Beowulf & Grendel (2005).

Listen to the Prologue to Beowulf in Old English: