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-specialized metaphors that use compound words, prepositional phrases, or possessives to name a person, place, thing, or event indirectly
-a vow, a ritualized vow made publicly by Anglo-Saxon warriors before the lord in a mead-hall the night before a military engagement, his boast, shows that is fair fighter
-about events in 500 AD, Beowulf composed in about 700 AD, it was finally written down in 1000 AD
-legal system of many Germanic tribes including Anglo-Saxons allowed individual and his family to make amends for crime by paying this fine to family of another man who he had injured or killed, if individual could not pay it, injured family considered within legal rights to kill a member of culprit's family of similar rank/status, "man-gold" or man price
-other name for kind/lord, head of community, gifts to thanes after bring back treasure from raids, is a kenning
-pray to G-d, Lord of All Life, Grendel being seed of Cain, written down during the rise of this religion, possibly written by priest who was one of few literate ones
-sea monsters, dragon, prayed to old stone gods, send Schild to sea, about time when these beliefs prevalent and composed during that time
A boy on a treasure-laden ship
-Schild Sheffling, washed up on shore of Denmark, had no king so made him king
-storyteller, held very important place in this society, equal in many ways to warriors themselves, sometimes known as "shapers," composed poems, stories, songs telling of deed of warriors to be told and retold for generations to come, thereby affording them a sort of immortality
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