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Beowulf

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Comitatius
loyalty to one's lord
Nagling
sword of Beowulf
kenning
two word metaphor
Shyld Sheafson
leader of the Danes
caesura
a pause or break in the line
in medias res
in the middle of things
Hrunting
the great sword given to Beowulf by Unferth
wyrd
fate
hubris
excessive pride
mail-shirt
Beowulf's armor
Herot
Hrothgar built this hall which was known as the mead hall
Hyglac
king of the gates
Healfdane
father of Hrothgar
Edgetho
father of Beowulf
Wiglaf
faithful to Beowulf
Unferth
soldier who doubted Beowulf
allegory
a story told on multiple levels
Hrothgar
king of the Danes
Grendel
descendant of Cain
Scop
poet and historian
Aeschere
best friend of Hrothgar killed by Grendel
Germanic tribes
Angles Saxons and Jutes
Brecca
allusion to a swimming race in which Beowulf lost
Pyre
the burial of a warrior by fire
Alliteration
repetition of sounds
Litotes
an ironic understatement
Metonymy
when you use one term to refer to the other
Synecdoche
using a part for a whole
Wulfgar
he was the sentinel of Hrothgar who greeted Beowulf
Elegy
poem morning the death of someone
Pagan
funeral pyre, fate, avenging a death
Christian
belief in the g-d
vikings
Danes
the date of the manuscript
1000 a.d.
writhing
extreme pain
omens
predictions of something to come
scabbard
tip of the sword
hilt
handle of the sword
talons
claws
reparation
forgiveness
malice
evil
solace
peace
Two examples of Anglo Saxon art
jewelry and poetry
The author of Beowulf
anonymous
Shroud
a burial cloth
epic
long narrative poem