Beowulf

Produced by Professor Tom Kingdon. The epic of Beowulf, written down between the 7th and 10th centuries, is one of the oldest works in the ancient English language. It tells of an affluent king whose house (or mead-hall) is terrorized by a monster from the swamps, and of a neighboring warrior prince called Beowulf who comes to the rescue. Beowulf slays the monster in a savage hand-to-hand battle and is praised and rewarded by the king. However, the monster's mother seeks sudden and bloody revenge, and the hero has to pursue her to her underwater lair to kill her. Then in old age, Beowulf, who has become a king in his own right, discovers that a dragon is living in his kingdom and that there is still one last battle to wage....