Cover image of Peter Ramey's The Word-Hoard Beowulf

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Dr. Peter Ramey has published a book, “The Word-Hoard Beowulf: A Translation with Commentary.”

The book, published by Angelico Press, is the first translation and popular commentary to take seriously the religious dimension of the epic poem.

“While generations of students know that ‘Beowulf’ represents a confluence of Christianity and paganism, this version—informed by J. R. R. Tolkien’s theory of language as the repository of myth—opens the hood to track the poem’s inner religious workings,” states an announcement from Angelico Press.

Ramey, Associate Professor of English at Northern, teaches courses on medieval English literature, Latin and linguistics. He has published articles on Beowulf and on Old and Middle English in Modern Philology, Philological Quarterly and other scholarly journals, and essays in Public Discourse and Front Porch Republic.

“The Word-Hoard Beowulf: A Translation with Commentary” is available for purchase from the Angelico Press website. For more information, contact the press at

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