Open up an Odds Bodkin Epic Drive and here are the tales you’ll find:


Buy it today and receive a free autographed Odyssey Poster/Map with your purchase. A full color poster on one side, and a map of the Mediterranean world on the other, this 16″x20″ map shows where, according to scholars’ best guesses, all 42 episodes of The Odyssey took place.

Bear, Deformed Giant or Wolf-Beast? What did Grendel Look Like?

In the latest Hollywood version of Beowulf, Grendel is a deformed giant with golden highlights. As somewhat human, maybe he deserves our sympathy, despite his cannibalistic tastes.

However, in my adult storytelling version of the tale, BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE, both he and his mother are considerably more bestial.

In some depictions I’ve seen on book covers, Grendel is round and furry, almost like a bear. Since “the Beowulf poet” who wrote the tale but who’s identity remains a mystery, left few clues about Grendel’s appearance, I’ve opted for a wolf beast, eighteen feet tall, with matted fur that swarms with flies.

Like other characters in the tale, he’s got a distinct voice, although he cannot speak in human tongue. Still, through his roars and growls, you can tell what he’s thinking.

Come hear Grendel speak and see if you think I’ve been able to pull it off. The show is this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH.

Scored throughout on 12-string guitar, this is an adult storytelling with graphic violence. No children, please.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.



Odds Bodkin

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

Flaming Oil on Beowulf’s Shield

The Fire Drake’s tongue is grooved down the middle, like a channel for the flaming oil it pours onto Beowulf’s mead hall, and during his final battle with it, onto Beowulf himself. This dragon doesn’t spew flames across distances. Instead, it hovers overhead and pours them. As he crouches beneath the extra-wide bronze shield he’s ordered made, since he knows a linden wood shield will just burn, Beowulf begins to cook anyway.

You must admit, most FX Hollywood dragons act like flying WWII flamethrowers these days; we’ve all seen them. But in my telling of the epic, the physics of heavy dragon oil, ignited at the tip of its tongue and impossible to put out, just seems all the more horrible because it’s viscous, like liquid napalm.

This scene occurs at the very end of BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE, which I’ll be performing this coming Friday night, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH. It’s a great intimate venue with a fabulous sound system that deepens the 12-string guitar to a kind of polite thunder, so if you feel like taking in some mythic storytelling instead of your usual Friday night fare, join me.

Great food and a great bar, too. An adult storytelling.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.


Odds Bodkin


Jan. 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Riverwalk Café and Music Bar

Nashua, NH

Photo by Simon Brooks.

One Story? Two Hours Long? Yes, and It’s One Week Away

One story? Two hours? Yes, that’s how long it takes to tell BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE. Add on a historical introduction and an intermission and you’ve got a full evening’s entertainment for adult listeners.

A week from today I’ll be at the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH (usually an intimate venue for bands and singers) for my annual telling of Beowulf. No poetry, just characters, live music and narration. So grab a ticket, plan on dinner and drinks, and come enjoy this vivid tale!


Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.

The Riverwalk Music Bar, Nashua NH


Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Odds Bodkin tells THE ODYSSEY in South Windsor CT Sunday Jan. 13

Wapping Community Church in South Windsor, CT will host Odds’ performance THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.

While playing Celtic harp, Odds will offer background on Homer, ancient Greek Singers of Tales and Bronze Age spirituality before telling the tale itself with a score on 12-string guitar.

Voices for Odysseus, his men, the Lotus Eaters and Polyphemus the cannibal cyclops are all part of the fun.

Tickets are $15, $40 per family, and can be reserved by calling Wapping Community Church at 860-644-0833.


BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE Friday January 18th in Nashua, NH

Odds Bodkin returns to the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH at 8 pm on Jan. 18, 2019 to perform BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE, an evening of adult storytelling with live music.

Bodkin’s storyteller’s version of this earliest known work in English cleaves closely to the original poem about the Geatish hero, Beowulf. How when a beast, Grendel, begins to terrorize the land of the Danes, Beowulf and his thanes journey there on a mission of gratitude. Beowulf’s mission: to kill the towering, wolf-like beast and free the Danes from their nightmare.

But things go from bad to worse.

The telling includes a literary and historical introduction accompanied with Celtic harp and the feature-length tale itself, scored with 12-string guitar and performed with character voices and vocal effects.

“a modern-day Orpheus”–Billboard


TICKETS $12 in advance, $15 at the door.



BEOWULF on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Riverwalk Music Bar in NH/Adult Storytelling

Odds Bodkin returns to the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH on Friday Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. to perform his epic tale, BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE.

The feature-length tale, scored throughout on 12-string guitar, closely mirrors the original Beowulf poem but is told in modern prose English with characters and sound effects.

Odds also includes an introduction to Viking life along the Baltic Sea in the times of Beowulf, scored with Celtic harp.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

An adult storytelling performance.

THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST in South Windsor, CT on Sunday Jan. 13

Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin will perform The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast, his renowned modern-language version of Homer’s epic, on Sunday January 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Wapping Community Church in South Windsor, Connecticut.

The 80-minute show features an introduction to Homer’s Bronze Age world performed with Celtic harp.

Then, with a full score on 12-string guitar and characters, Bodkin tells the tale of Odysseus, from the Trojan Horse to the cave of the ravenous cyclops.

Tickets are $15 or $40 family price. Cash or checks only.

Appropriate for children 10 and up.

Call 860-644-0833 to reserve your seat.

Called “a consummate storyteller” by the New York Times and “a modern-day Orpheus” by Billboard, Bodkin’s bardic storytelling style is unique among spoken-word artists.




Epics and Children’s Downloads for Christmas. Explore Odds Bodkin’s Shop for last minute storytelling gifts like The Odyssey: An Epic Telling (four hours) for older kids and teens, The Little Proto Trilogy for the 4-6 year olds in your life, or Beowulf: The Only One for adults who love a classic yarn.

All told with live character voices, music and sounds .

Downloads. Fast. Easy. Direct to your device.


“a consummate storyteller” — The New York Times


Adults love it, but kids really do, because it’s filled with too many driveway moments to mention. Odds Bodkin’s THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC TELLING is four hours long. That’s plenty of imaginative audio for long family drives. And as a download, it delivers to your device in no time.

If you’ve never heard it, take Professor James Tatum of the Dartmouth Department of Classic’s recommendation: “This closest thing we have to a Homeric performance. A tour de force.”

You can hear samples here.




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Explore a world of myths, folktales, legends and original stories, told with live music, here.


“What is it?” asks the ten year old.

“It’s one of Odds Bodkin the Storyteller’s drives. Come on, let’s plug it in.” The parent inserts the Epic Drive into the parent’s computer and a list of titles appears. “Ever heard of The Odyssey?”


“Ever heard of Zeus, Athena and the ancient Greek gods?”

“In some books at school.”

“All right. Well, way back when, people didn’t have books.”

“Why not?”

“Because they hadn’t been invented yet. No books. No TVs. No tablets or phones. But they did have stories. And people called Singers of Tales would come to town to tell stories to crowds of people. A famous one was named Homer. The Odyssey is one of his stories. He used voices and music, and people imagined his adventure, like going to the movies in their minds. That’s how Odds Bodkin does it.”

“So there’s no pictures?”

The parent starts to play the recording. The ten year old hears wind, then bird cries and music. A voice from inside a horse fashioned of wood begins to speak. All is danger, and stealth. In the ten year old’s mind, the walled city of Troy appears in the dawn light.

It’s 1300 B.C. and the Odyssey has begun.

That night, the child stays up late, under the covers, listening, since the tale is four hours long.