Beowulf. Beowulf is the longest and greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poem. Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic in English literature. An unknown bard composed it around the 7th or 8th century, and probably recited it to the accompaniment of harp music.
Filled with mead (drink made from honey), wine, and great food, the entire party retires for what they expect to be the first peaceful night in years.