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While Beowulf has come down to us as literature, as a written poem, the epic's pre-literate medieval audience would have known it through the performance of a scop, a bardic storyteller, as Bagby presents himself here. In this one-man tour de force Bagby accompanies himself on an Anglo-Saxon harp. Using the entire range of his voice, he delivers this gripping tale in Old English, as it could have been experienced more than one thousand years ago.
This is a performance which speaks to the lovers of Beowulf and oral epic, early music enthusiasts, Tolkien fans, medievalists, and anyone searching for virtuoso storytelling or a glimpse into the fascinating beginnings of the English language.
Fortunately, I've seen Bagby's live performance twice, with translation, and was able to enjoy the online video simply for the power of his performance. Read morePublished 27 days ago by BJ Swartz
I am very impressed and happy with this. From the description of the DVD that Amazon has provided (as well as customers' reviews), it appears that there are subtitles available in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Caraculiambro
I really like this. My daughter enjoyed watching as well and she's almost 3 right now. I like seeing the story told this way; I'd recommend this to anyone interested in becoming a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by William R. Giersdorf
Great performance but is missing the translation present in YouTube video making it difficult to follow I don't speak Old EnglishPublished 19 months ago by Dennis Styefancic
I have seen several versions of the Beowulf story..This acting performance in a solo staging is a event to watch and feel. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Russell C. Peterson
the performance is wonderful and it is a real learning oopportunity for students who have not been exposed to anglo saxon litPublished 23 months ago by Myrick Peterson
I had rented this and within 5 minutes I knew I had to buy this for my dad--a retired drama and English professor. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Christina Wilson
Unlike the DVD version, the downloadable version lacks subtitles. My students viewed an available subtitled portion on YouTube and loved it--the non-subtitled downloadable version... Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by kronstein
The other reviews express the beauties of this performance. Ben Bagby is a genius; just check out the many CDs by Sequentia, the group he and the late Barbara Thornton ran. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by paul pirate