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1. An anonymous Old English epic poem believed to have been composed in the early eighth century, principally concerning the exploits of the warrior Beowulf and containing historical and legendary tales about the Geats, Danes, and other older Germanic peoples.
2. The legendary hero of this epic, who slays the monster Grendel and its mother, becomes king of the Geats, and dies fighting a dragon.


(Poetry) an anonymous Old English epic poem in alliterative verse, believed to have been composed in the 8th century ad


(ˈbeɪ əˌwʊlf)

1. (italics) an English epic poem, probably written in the early 8th century A.D.
2. the hero of Beowulf.
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Noun1.Beowulf - the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th centuryBeowulf - the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon
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Almost the oldest Anglo-Saxon book that we have is called Beowulf.
But unlike these old tales, we do not find Beowulf told in different ways in different manuscripts.
As Beowulf is one of our great book treasures, you may like to hear something of its story.
Among those that were partly destroyed was Beowulf.
He set to work again, and at last Beowulf was published.
When the Danish gentleman made his copy of Beowulf, he found the edges of the book so charred by fire that they broke away with the slightest touch.
So now, after all its adventures, having been found, we shall never know where, by a gentleman in the days of Queen Elizabeth, having lain on his bookshelves unknown and unread for a hundred years and more, having been nearly destroyed by fire, having been still further destroyed by neglect, Beowulf at last came to its own, and is now carefully treasured in a glass case in the British Museum, where any one who cared about it may go to look at it.
And besides this, some of the people mentioned in the poem are mentioned in history too, and it is thought that Beowulf, the hero himself, really lived.
50 Beowulf became public back at the turn of the 21st century, when Alexander decided the various bigbore AR cartridges all had something wrong with them.
In Beowulf, for example, "compounds provide additional emphasis on important moments, especially highlighting weapons and armour when they play important roles poetically or politically"; The Wanderer similarly uses compounds to focus on "the structure of the mind as an enclosure," while The Seafarer uses them to dwell on "sea and water imagery"; in the same vein, Wulfstan's homilies "draw upon rare or entirely new compounds to call attention to the concerns regarding the social influence of the Antichrist" (108).
Children at one North East school have been getting to grips with Beowulf - the oldest surviving epic poem in Old English.
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands ITV, 7pm With Slean and Thane Scorann missing, Beowulf and Rate, Thane of the Varni, charge out into the forest in search of them.