ReReading Beowulf

ReReading Beowulf
with Andy Orchard, FRSC,
Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon,
University of Oxford,
at Sutton Hoo, Saturday, 19th March, 2016.


The Study Day will focus on how Beowulf has been read and reread over more than a millennium, by considering in turn the manuscript, the man, the monsters, and the meanings, as they have been transmitted and transformed by successive generations.

Provisional Programme

09.50 – 10.15:          Coffee on arrival

10.15 – 11.15:          Beowulf: the Manuscript

11.15 – 11.40:          Coffee break

11.40 – 12.45:          Beowulf: the Man

12.45 – 14.00:          Lunch break

14.00 – 14.50:          Beowulf: the Monsters

14.50 – 15.10:         Tea break

15.10 – 16.00:          Beowulf: the Meanings

c.16.00:                   Thanks and Close

About Professor Andy Orchard

OrchardAndy Orchard is the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford, and has published widely on many aspects of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic culture. He is a Former Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College in the University of Toronto, and both a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the British Academy. For other information, including links to the podcast of his inaugural lecture as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and the extensive accompanying handout, go to

Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading

Baker, P S (ed.). Beowulf: Basic Readings. Garland, 1995.

Bjork, R E and J D Niles (eds.). A Beowulf Handbook. University of Exeter Press, 1998.

Bjork, R E, Fulk, R D, and J D Niles (eds.). Klaeber’s Beowulf (Toronto Old English Studies). University of Toronto Press, 2008. 4th edition.

Fulk, R D (editor and translator). The ‘Beowulf’ Manuscript. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library 3. Harvard University press, 2010.

Heaney, S (editor and translator). Beowulf: a New Verse Translation. Norton, 2001.

Liuzza, R (translator). Beowulf: Facing Page Translation. Broadview, 2012. 2nd edition.

Orchard, A. A Critical Companion to Beowulf. D S Brewer, 2005.

Orchard, A. Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf Manuscript. University of Toronto Press, 2003.

Porter, John (translator). Beowulf: Text and Translation. Anglo-Saxon Books, 1991.

Tolkien, J R R and C Tolkien. Beowulf: a Translation and Commentary. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.