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Wuffing Education

and the Camelot of the Northlands

Gol church, Hallingdal, now in Bygd°yFolk Museum, Oslo

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 18th June 2005

An introduction to the epic masterwork that marks the beginning of literary art in the English language.

We begin with a look at the genealogically structured opening movement of the epic, which leads us further into the story, where we meet thus the venerable King Hrothgar, one its major characters. We shall consider his building of the golden hall of Heorot and its central significance as the Camelot of the Northlands. This will entail a look at its literary and archaeological parallels, as well as what it tells us of life in the great royal hall of the Wuffings at Rendlesham.

We shall also hear how the golden hall came to be haunted by one of the most frightening monsters of English literature, the terrible fen-monster Grendel.

"We may still, against [the poet's] great scene, hung with tapestries of ancient ruin, see the hero walk" (J.R.R.Tolkien).

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Opening Movement of Beowulf  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Building of the Golden Hall of Heorot  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Beowulf and the Hall of the Wuffing Kings  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Coming of the Grendel  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

S am Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, was published in 1993. He is a Director of Wuffing Education as well as a media consultant in Early Medieval Studies and Time Team historian. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M. (tr.), The Earliest English Poems (Penguin Classics 1966)

-------------------- (tr.), Beowulf (Penguin Classics 1973)

Bjork, R.E., & J.D.Niles (eds), A Beowulf Handbook (Nebraska University 1997, 1998)

Fulk, R. (ed.), Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology (Indiana University 1991)

Garmonsway, G., & J.Simpson, Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent 1968, 1980)

Heaney, S. (tr.), Beowulf (Faber & Faber 1999)

Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson, A Guide to Old English (Blackwell 1986)

Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson (eds), Beowulf (Blackwell 1998)

Orchard, A., Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf Manuscript (Brewer 1995)

Orchard, A., A Critical Companion to Beowulf (Brewer 2003)

Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 1994)

Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
Swanton, M. (ed. & tr.), Beowulf (Manchester 1978)


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Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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