A 2009 History Channel Documentary hosted by Stan Bernard.
The story of the Viking world's most famous warrior, the legend of Beowulf is the ultimate tale of courage. Pit against thirsty invaders, barbaric monsters and a fire breathing dragon, Beowulf emerges as Norse mythology's greatest hero. But could this warrior have actually been real? Unearthed burial mounds and ancient carvings suggest the myth of Beowulf might have been more than epic legend.
Historian Michael Wood returns to his first great love, the Anglo-Saxon world, to reveal the origins of our literary heritage. Focusing on Beowulf and drawing on other Anglo-Saxon classics, he traces the birth of English poetry back to the Dark Ages. Travelling across the British Isles from East Anglia to Scotland and with the help of Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, actor Julian Glover, local historians and enthusiasts, he brings the story and language of this iconic poem to life.
A Scotsman wearing the Welsh flag reads an Anglo-Saxon poem from an unknown poet, that was perhaps written between 975 and 1025 AD, some good hundreds of years ago, but of course with an excellent translation by J.R.R. Tolkien himself and the finest editorial work by his son Christopher,. Being surrounded by jaw-dropping forested vistas and being eaten by swarms of vile blood-sucking mutant-mosquitoes, and also fried under the boiling sun of the hottest month of the year! How much better can it get?! Let's NOT find out!