Beowulf. De Danorum rebus gestis secul. III IV. Poëma danicum dialecto anglo-saxonica. Ex bibliotheca Cottoniana Musaei britannici edidit versione lat. et indicibus auxit Grim. Johnson Thorkelin Ed. Grimur Thorkelin. Copenhagen: T. E. Rangel, .

Grimur Thorkelin (1752-1829), Icelandic scholar in the Danish civil service, was the first to undertake serious study of MS London, British Museum, Cotton Vitellius A.xv and to publish an edition of Beowulf, displayed here. Thorkelin applied for a royal grant, which he received in 1786, to study the manuscript as a possible source for early Danish history. In 1787 Thorkelin and a copyist made two transcripts of the manuscript, which had been damaged in the Ashburnham House fire of 1731, as the basis for this edition; in some cases, the Thorkelin transcripts represent the only record of what has been lost from the text, since the manuscript has decayed considerably since Thorkelin's visit. The transcripts are reproduced in Early English Manuscripts in Facsimile, v. 1.

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