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Did Beowulf influence Lord of the Rings?
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Comments on history
A Tale of Two Cities – commentary about
the French Revolution
Context in history
Beowulf – set during a certain time (i.e., in
− how would a real warrior have been expected to
act at that time and in that part of the world?
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Cats OR Dogs returns any result that includes either
NOT eliminates one term from the search
Cats NOT Dogs removes all results that include the
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ti: Beowulf AND (au:Heaney OR au:Bloom)
ti: Beowulf NOT su:dogs
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