Episode 42: Beowulf and Other Viking Ancestors

The Viking-era states of Denmark, Sweden and Norway emerged from several North Germanic tribes in Scandinavia.  These tribes also included the Geats who were prominently featured in Beowulf.  In this episode, we explore the early history of these tribes and discuss the historical context of Beowulf.  We also explore how the Old Norse language of the Vikings impacted the Old English language of the Anglo-Saxons.

Map Prepared by Louis Henwood (Click Map for Larger Image)

Map Prepared by Louis Henwood (Click Map for Larger Image)

One thought on “Episode 42: Beowulf and Other Viking Ancestors

  1. hi, first, your podcast is a unique one, u did an awesome job.
    i cannot think about some other audio source in this field comparable to your podcast.

    now, perhaps the name beowulf is actually based on a much older usage of a totem name when you do not promounce the actual name of the worshipped aninal. for example, the modern russian name for a bear literally means the one who eats honey., while the original name for the animal was Rus which resembles ursus and etc.

    anyway great job and thanks a lot again

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