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on 13 March 2010
As a university undergraduate I found this to be one of the best versions of Beowulf around as the 'extras' are incredbly useful. Others won't add contextual information, a running gloss or a miniature Beowuld specific dictionary at the back, and the editor's footnotes also point out interesting manuscript differences, recommend some critics and alternate readings of words/lines.
I've not studied Old English very long, and this edition is clear and comprehensible, not patronising the new reader, but neither does it assume the reader is a complete expert and drown you in complex grammar.
For anyone who wants to read Beowulf, this is highly recommended.
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on 14 April 2013
Few of us know anglo saxon, so this glossing, instead of translating/ refashioning is what is needed for poetry. Accompanying cd would be nice.
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on 12 November 2011
This text is very useful for students who want to learn Beowulf in the original Old English. The words are easy to follow and the format of the book is relatively simple, which makes it easier to use. It is especially helpful when used in tandem with a modern English version, or if the person reading it already has an understanding of the story. Definitely recommended for both high school and college courses.
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