With Benjamin Bagby
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Beowulf is the name of a legendary medieval hero who defeats supernatural monsters in singlehanded combat. Tales of his exploits were certainly transmitted orally by storytellers throughout northern Europe, beginning as early as the 6th century, but at one point in its history – shortly after the year 1000 – the version of Beowulf we know today was written down by Anglo-Saxon scribes.
In spite of its literary reputation, Beowulf’s roots remain firmly in the art of the performing scop (‘creator’), the tribal storyteller and singer, whose services were essential to the fabric of pre-literate society in early medieval England. The scop would re-tell the story of Beowulf, in song and speech, probably accompanying himself on a six-stringed harp such as the one unearthed at Sutton Hoo (fragments of which can be viewed in the British Museum).
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