Beowulf: Gē dōþ hit yfele. (Translation Notes)

Beowulf: You’re doing it wrong. “Gē”  is the second person plural. “Dōþ” is the second person plural conjugation of the verb “dōn,” “to do.” OE does not have a separate  conjugation for progressive tense, nor does it use an auxiliary … Continue reading

You want a good Beowulf movie? Watch The Two Towers.

Dear Patron, Last Wednesday, a colleague invited me to give his students a lecture on the cultural and religious background of Beowulf. I came into the lecture prepared for the possibility that they had all watched the movie instead of … Continue reading