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The opening lines Beowulf, from the 11th century Old English manuscript housed at the British Library.

For more than 1,000 years, the story of Beowulf and the monster Grendel has been part of English lore and literature. The work inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's novels, it's been the basis of movies, and it's even captured the imagination of artists in Utah. This week, Meat & Potato Theatre Company opens a staged adaption and there's a new translation from a Beowulf enthusiast here in Salt Lake City. So we're taking the opportunity to talk about the saga: where it came from and why it's still read today.


Andy Orchard, Professor of Anglo-Saxon at The University of Oxford and author of A Critical Companion to Beowulf [Amazon|Indiebound]

Julie Boyden, translator, Beowulf – A Pagan Hero [Amazon]

Tobin Atkinson, playwright and actor, Meat & Potato Theatre Company. Atkinson's adaptation opens May 23rd at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. For tickets and information, call 801-355-ARTS (2787) or click here.

Hear Andy Orchard read the opening to Beowulf - accompanied by the text from J.R.R. Tolkien's translation.


Learn more about theoldest extant manuscript of Beowulf, housed at the British Library

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.