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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 Wisconsin–Madison, 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

this is a black and white photo of the translator and narrator, Dick Ringler. The photo is cropped close around his face, and he wears a dark turtleneck.Dick Ringler is professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is author of Bard of Iceland and co-author, with Frederick Cassidy, of Bright's Old English Grammar and Reader.

Norman Gilliland stands outdoors in front of a blooming bush.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

Distributed for NEMO Productions, Madison, Wisconsin

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Of Related Interest
Bard of Iceland: Jónas Hallgrímsson, Poet and Scientist

Dick Ringler

The cover of this CD is illustrated with a photo of a mask-helmet from the Sutton Hoo burial.

August 2006

5 9/16 x 4 7/8 x 7/8
Includes 28 page booklet

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3 CD set $29.95 s
ISBN 978-0-9715093-2-0
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