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Beowulf and the Black Dog

Dog

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 10th April 2010

We begin with a look at examples of sites in Eastern England associated with the legend of the Shuck, the Black Dog of the marshlands. We shall attempt to elucidate the reality of the belief in such nightmares by comparison to the red-eyed scucca Grendel, the lupine horror that haunts the geographical and supernatural landscape of the Old English epic of Beowulf. We shall consider Professor Tolkien’s observation that in Grendel we have a foe more evil than any human enemy … yet incarnate in time, walking in heroic history, and treading the named lands of the North.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Home of Black Dog  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Grendel and the Black Shuck  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Beowulf and St Guthlac  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Beowulf and St Botulf  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993) and The Reckoning of King Rædwald, (2003). He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, most recently Michael Wood on Beowulf on BBC4. He is also a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Alexander, M., Beowulf: A Glossed Text (Penguin Classics 1995, 2000)
Bevis, T., Hereward: De Gestis Herwardi Saxonis (Westrydale 1982)
Fulk, R. (ed.), Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology (Indiana University 1991)
Garmonsway, G., and J.Simpson, Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent 1968, 1980)
Heaney, S, (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
Lee, S. D., & E. Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
Mayr-Harting. H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (London 1972)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 1994, 1999, 2004)
Orchard, A., Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf Manuscript (Brewer 1995)
Rackham, O., A History of the Countryside (London 1986).
Scarfe, N., "St Botolph, The Iken Cross, & the Coming of East Anglian Christianity", Suffolk in the Middle Ages (Boydell 1986), pp.39-51.
Shippey, T. A., The Road to Middle-earth (Allen & Unwin 1982; rev. edn Harper Collins 2003)
Shippey, T.A. (ed.), The Shadow-walkers: Jacob Grimm’s Mythology of the Monstrous, Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, Series V, 291)
Stevenson, F.S. "St Botolph (Botwulf) and Iken", Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 18 (1924), pp.30-52.
Trubshaw, Bob (ed.), Explore Phantom Black Dogs (Heart of Albion 2005)
West, S.E., N.Scarfe, & R.Cramp, "Iken, St Botolph, and the Coming of East Anglian Christianity", Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, XXXV (1984), pp.279-301.

Bookings

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