The University of Wisconsin Press
English Literature / Medieval Studies / Scandinavian Studies
Beowulf: The Complete Story
A Drama (an audio book)
Translated by Dick Ringler
Produced by Norman Gilliland
In the oldest story in the English language a hero comes to grips with three monsters and his own mortality
This dramatization of a bold new version of the complete thousand-year-old text features actors from Wisconsin Public Radio, the American Players Theatre, and the Guthrie Theatre, supported by music and sound effects. The translation, by Professor Dick Ringler of the University of WisconsinMadison, evokes the original spoken delivery of the Old English masterpiece.
Cast in Order of Appearance
Narrator, Dick Ringler; Danish Coast Guard, Nathan Sorseth; Beowulf, Stephen Pelinski; Sentry at Heorot, Jim DeVita; Hrothgar, King of the Danes, Karl Schmidt; Unferth, Craig Johnson; Wealhtheow, Susan Sweeney; Hygelac, L.J. Janowski; Last Survivor, Jonathan Smoots; Wiglaf, Jason Bradley; Messenger, Jason O'Connell
Dick Ringler is professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of WisconsinMadison. He is author of Bard of Iceland and co-author, with Frederick Cassidy, of Bright's Old English Grammar and Reader.
Norman Gilliland has hosted weekday classical music broadcasts since 1977. He is the creator of Grace Notes for a Year, which has become a daily feature on a number of public radio stations nationwide, and is author of the historical novel, Sand Mansions. He lives in Madison.
The full text of the translation is available on the free-access website digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Literature.RinglBeowulf
Distributed for NEMO Productions, Madison, Wisconsin
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