With their initial attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne in northeastern England in 793 A.D., the Vikings began a wave of invasions that imprinted their beliefs, customs, and laws on English culture. Primary among these contributions is the poem Beowulf. Created by Vikings, its location is Denmark, and its hero is Swedish, yet it is the national epic of England. It introduced literary elements such as heroic ideal, fate, alliteration, kennings, and understatements which would become repetitive elements of English literature. Later modifications by English monks added Christian overtones. Today, its influence ranges from the three witches in Macbeth to the Harry Potter series to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Cold Mountain. It has been the frequent subject of movies including a 2005 release. Come visit or revisit Beowulf, as we discuss these connections and explore their relevance today.