Who is the author of Beowulf?
Is a mystery, as most poets of the Anglo-Saxon period are. He might have been a court poet, or a monastis poet. Depending on the Christian interpretation of the poem, it could be either.
When was the Beowulf manuscript written? When/Where does it take place?
Around 1000AD in Medieval England
What were manuscripts written on?
They were written on parchment (most commonly of a calf, sheep, or goat skin), but most manuscripts important enough to illuminate were written on the best quality of parchment, called vellum. Began using in the late middle ages manuscripts written on paper.
In what language was Beowulf written?
During this period, who would have told the story of Beowulf?
Whats the definition of alliteration?
The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Two examples of alliteration from Auden’s “age of anxiety.”
Of our own names which they actually adore as their and Ground and goal.
What is Beowulf’s claim to fame in British Literature?
Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic in British Literature.
What did the one manuscript of Beowulf survive?
survived wholesale destruction of religious artifacts during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII and a disastrous fire.
Where is the manuscript housed today?
The Beowulf manuscript is now housed in the British Library, London.
Who were Beowulf’s clan? Where did they hail from?
The Geats and they hail from south of Sweden.
Identify the following characters:
Beowulf- The hero of all heroes, Strong and courageous.
Grendel- He is a monster that is half-man and half-fiend, first monster that Beowulf kills.
Wiglaf- He is a warrior who aids Beowulf against the battle with the dragon.
Who are the Danes? Where are they located?
Residents of Denmark
Who is the king of the Danes? What was his Mead Hall called?
Hrothgar and Heorot
Why are the Swedes important?
Archaeology in Sweden reveals the grave mounds of Ongenpeow who was buried in 510-515.
What are three things Beowulf kills?
What involvement does Grendel have in Beowulf?
A monster or a giant that killed and terrorized the village
Which people “invaded” Great Britain? When?
Jutes, Anglos, and Saxons & 2000BC
Which group of people populated Great Britain first?
Know the plot for each section of Beowulf
The Monster Grendel- A large bearlike monster, has spent the last twelve years locked in a war against a band of humans.