Introduction to Beowulf. Story isn’t about the English—it’s about the Danes and the Geats. So what’s it doing in England? Romans controlled England (up to Hadrian’s Wall) until the 5 th century Waves of post-Roman invasions by Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes, and Irish
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Map from C. Warren Hollister,
The Making of England, p. 64
Photos from British Museum
Hwaet! Wē Gār-Denain geārdagum
hū ðā æþelingasellen fremedon.
Oft Scyld Scēfingsceaþena þrēatum
monegum mægþummeodosetla oftēah,
egsode eorlassyððan ærest wearð
fēasceaft funden.Hē þæs frōfre gebād,
wēox under wolcnum,weorðmundum þāh
oð þæt him æghwylcþāra ymbsittendra
ofer hronrādehyran scolde,
gomban gyldan.Þæt wæs gōd cyning!