I loved this post from The Week, written by “sentence sommelier” James Harbeck about the the roots and sounds of the English language. Aside from his commentary, he assembles experts speaking the antecedents of English as they were heard in Shakespearean England and in the Medieval England of Chaucer and Beowulf. He also includes a song in the Celtic tongue of Brittany, the closest relative to the language that would have been spoken in the legendary time of Arthur.
They are all fascinating, but I was particularly drawn to Benjamin Bagby’s rendition in Old English of the opening lines of Beowulf. Wow.
You can see the entire post at The Week.