Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons
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Germanic tribes that unified to create England, great artisans
Old English; the earliest form of the English language, 5th-7th century
A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
Superhuman, braver, stronger, smarter, and cleverer than an ordinary person. The epic hero is on a quest for something of great value to him or his people. The hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself and his quest.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a system of society or government controlled by men.
Loyalty to one's ruler
brotherly association of men
A social bond based on common ancestry, marriage, or adoption
Value of a person in money
a large building with a single room; typically the banquet hall of a king
A follower of a polytheistic religion in ancient times, non-Christian
Anglo-Saxon word for fate.
What motivated the Anglo-Saxons?
glory for one's king, ancestors, tribe and one's self
What did the Anglo-Saxons value the most?
bravery, loyalty, honor and glory in battle; comitatus, kinship, and fraternity
Who or what did the Anglo-Saxons worship?
pagan gods and goddesses (i.e., Sunna, Monan, Tiwe, Woden, Thor, Frige)
How did Christianity influence and/or modify the written version of Beowulf?
The written version of Beowulf was transcribed by two Christian monks. This is the reason why there are allusions to Christianity in Beowulf.
The longest and oldest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest.
A book that uses drawings and dialogue to tell a story but is longer than a traditional comic book.
What is the legacy of the Anglo-Saxons?
Anglo Saxon is the earliest form of the English language. Beowulf is the oldest story in English.
How did J.R.R. Tolkien raise awareness on the importance and value of Beowulf, the poem in literature?
J.R.R. Tolkien argued that Beowulf, the poem was more than just a story created by a warrior society. He translated the manuscript and in doing so discovered great literary value in the story.
What is the reason for the allusions to Christianity found in the manuscript of Beowulf that we know today?
The oral epic poem was eventually written down by two Christian monks.
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