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  • Battle Customs Of The Anglo Saxons
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    The Purpose of Lines 1 - 18 of "Beowulf" August 31, 2005"Beowulf" begins the British literature. As a classic heroic epic, it outlines the tribal history of the Jutes, providing a great insight into the Anglo-Saxons' epoch. In the poem "Beowulf", we meet the most heroic man in the time of the Anglo-Saxons; a man with all the extraordinary characteristics necessitated to being a true hero. Beowulf was his name. He slaughters the monster Grendel, a descendent of Cain, Grendel's mother and a dragon...
  • Hrothgar's People
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    PROLOGUE Early History of the Danes Listen: You have heard of the Danish Kings in the old days and how they were great warriors. Shield, the son of Sheaf, took many an enemy's chair, terrified many a warrior, after he was found an orphan. He prospered under the sky until people everywhere listened when he spoke. He was a good king! Shield had a son, child for his yard, sent by Goto comfort the people, to keep them from fear -- Grain was his name; he was famous throughout the North. Young princes...
  • Emotions Of Hrothgar
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    Heather MonkmanDoes Beowulf evoke a human element that allows the reader to associate with the plot? If so, then how does such humanity affect the story? There is a human element in Beowulf that transcends time. It is a portrayal of emotions common to the human experience of life that allow Beowulf to evoke a response from all. The human element within the epic story of Beowulf is characterized by Hrothgar. Hrothgar is the most human character in the poem. He is the person with whom we can most ...
  • Several Raids On Hrothgar's Mead Hall
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    Grendel lives in a dark and gruesome underground cave with his mother and dozens of cold, unmoving creatures. He is very curious and, in his early years, finds a way to escape this terrible place and enter the world. Every night he wanders outside his cave, exploring the land around him. One night, he gets trapped in a tree. A band of human beings led by King Hrothgar approaches and, after some hesitation, attacks Grendel. They close in for the kill, but Grendel's mother arrives just in time to ...
  • Warrior King And His People
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    Only through outstanding achievements and demonstrations of allegiance, eminence, and gallantry, could a Germanic tribe exist. With these three characteristics flowing through the blood of all men throughout the tribe could they all establish an immense trust, a vow of sacred friendship, comitatus. Comitatus, was a practiced religion for these tribal warriors, it was their morals and part of their ethics. In order to be a part of any honorable Germanic tribe one had to understand the unspoken ru...
  • Hrothgar's Desperation And Beowulf's Revenge
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    In the classic epic "Beowulf", an imbalance between pagan and Christian values exists. The imbalance occurred when a monk rewrote this epic, including his own Christian beliefs throughout the story. The actual people during the Anglo-Saxon period believed in monsters. Three examples of this imbalance occur during Shild's burial, Hrothgar's desperation, and Beowulf's revenge. One example of the imbalance can be seen during Shild's burial. Shild was the first king of Denmark. When Shild died, his ...
  • Of The Kings In Beowulf
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    The epic poem Beowulf has had a diverse history of scholarship. Originally, Beowulf was appreciated in terms of its value as a study in Old English, as well as for its literary value. Other scholars perceived it to be a relatively childish tale of the supernatural, with an emphasis on its hero Beowulf, and his encounters with the supernatural. However, these early perceptions changed and it was later recognized for its merits as a historical document. The poem itself did not present a completely...

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