- (italics) an English alliterative epic poem, probably written in the early 8th century a.d.
- the hero of this poem.
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Beowulf is the forerunner of that other national dragon-slayer, St. George.
Beowulf's "jubilee" is fitly solemnized by his third and last dragon-fight.
To his bower was Beowulf brought in haste, dauntless victor.
Then girt him Beowulf in martial mail, nor mourned for his life.
Thy keen mind pleases me the longer the better, Beowulf loved!
- an anonymous Old English epic poem in alliterative verse, believed to have been composed in the 8th century a.d
Word Origin and History for beowulf
An epic in Old English, estimated as dating from as early as the eighth century; the earliest long work of literature in English. The critical events are the slaying of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother by the hero Beowulf and Beowulf's battle with a dragon, in which he is mortally wounded.