Beowulf | Summary/Overview | 60second Recap®


I don’t know about you, but for a long time,
I was pretty intimidated by Beowulf. It’s over a thousand years old.
It’s written in a language that almost no one understands anymore.
And it’s not just, like, some story of heroes and dragons. It’s a poem. Once I started reading, though, I found out
that Beowulf is a lot easier to understand than I thought. I’ll tell you why … coming
up. So Beowulf may have been written hundreds
and hundreds and hundreds of years ago, but its message is surprisingly modern. Beowulf is all about what it takes to be a
hero. Now, in this poem, the main character, Beowulf,
is at first a hero for reasons you might only find in a fantasy story—you know, he fights
monsters bare-handed, he possesses almost superhuman powers, and he saves an entire
nation from terrible, lurking beasts that no one else dares to fight. But Beowulf’s heroism is about more than just
his dragon-slaying skills. In fact, even with all the fantasy-style action, this poem actually
spends a fair amount of time on Beowulf’s qualities. He’s courageous and generous.
He’s strong and cunning. He’s indifferent to death, and he puts others’
well-being before his own. He’s also wise, moral, and good. In short, Beowulf follows a sort of heroic
code—one that, if you think about it, is still what makes a hero today just as it did
more than a thousand years ago.

28 Replies to “Beowulf | Summary/Overview | 60second Recap®

  1. Well we just finished reading it and watching the movie but we're starting the medival time period. We just finished the Anglo-Saxon times

  2. Hmm the original story is interesting but modern interpretations are rather boring and if I did not know the story would take all interest in reading it away.

  3. Bad you censor out that heroes/rulers like Beowulf are "godly" (not merely "moral") & know biblical history so as to wage battles as part of God's army in the age-long spiritual warfare defending vs. enemies who hate God & destroy His humanity. This is a major part of the poem & Christian culture into which it was written (e.g. King Raedwald of East Anglia) repeatedly that God sent him to deliver them from sinful evil, that Beowulf trusted God to help him, prayed, praised God for victory, etc.

  4. Why was i spammed with this in my email?

    Anyone could come to the conclusion that being good was considered good EVEN 1000 years ago (much like they probably thought bad was bad). The information is useless without knowing their understanding of goodness.

  5. The name Beowulf is a combination of Bee and hunter. Beo is bee in Old English, and Wulf can be Wolf but it can also mean hunter. Thus Bee-hunter, and what animal hunts after bees? A bear.

  6. You'd think with 60 seconds to tell a story, you'd be left with only the most important data…instead we get the youtube equivalent of a student BSing to hit a page limit.

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