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What is BeoWulf? - Find out in this Guide for Kids

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Time for some Anglo-Saxon poetry. Beowulf is the most famous epic poem to have been written in Old English. It is made up of a mouth drying 3,182 lines.

The poem tells the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero, and his escapades. A lot of epic hero stuff happens but the plot boils down to Beowulf having three big battles.

In the first he has a fight with Grendel, a monstrous giant. Beowulf wins by pulling off Grendel’s arm. In the second he squares up with Grendel’s mother and chops her head off. His third and final fight is again a Dragon, who Beowulf kills but is mortally wounded in the process.

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