I remember reading Beowulf in high school and really enjoying it, so I decided to read it again. This Old English poem was written between 900-1000 AD, but tells the story of a Scandinavian hero in the seventh century. Heaney’s translation has the Old English on the left page and the English on the right page. The story centers around three battles Beowulf faces, two in his prime and one in his old age, while looking at honor and loyalty to tribe and family. Though it sounds intimidating, it’s really quite an easy read, and the narrative is very engaging.