<ul><li>The Anglo-Saxon idea of “Fate” </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen to you has already been determined by Wyrd </li>...
<ul><li>Most epics share certain characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally an  oral tradition </li></ul></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Click here for more on an  Epic </li></ul>Epic Poetry
Beowulf <ul><li>Considered the greatest single work of Old English literature </li></ul><ul><li>3,000-line folk epic </li>...
<ul><li>The story gives us a good look at the social conditions of the times </li></ul><ul><li>The values parents wished t...
<ul><ul><li>The original storytellers were illiterate, and the stories of Beowulf were first passed down orally. </li></ul...
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Beowulf, Wyrd and Epics

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Anglo-Saxon idea of “Fate” </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen to you has already been determined by Wyrd </li></ul><ul><li>Three Aspects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The term is where we get the modern word “Weird” </li></ul><ul><li>More on “Wyrd” (click) </li></ul>Wyrd
  2. 2. <ul><li>Most epics share certain characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally an oral tradition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scops- this is the title given to the poets who told the stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Epics told of a hero of imposing stature, national & historical importance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They take place over vast settings , covering great nations, the world or the universe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>deeds require superhuman courage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supernatural forces- gods, angels, and demons are involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elevated style of writing </li></ul></ul>Beowulf is Epic Poetry
  3. 3. <ul><li>Click here for more on an Epic </li></ul>Epic Poetry
  4. 4. Beowulf <ul><li>Considered the greatest single work of Old English literature </li></ul><ul><li>3,000-line folk epic </li></ul><ul><li>Beowulf is the hero who risks everything to fight monsters </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The story gives us a good look at the social conditions of the times </li></ul><ul><li>The values parents wished to instill in their children (their boys, anyways) are apparent in Beowulf. </li></ul>Beowulf
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>The original storytellers were illiterate, and the stories of Beowulf were first passed down orally. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christian Monks may have been the ones who wrote it down for the first time when they came to the area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They added Christian elements to the pagan story as a way to help convert the pagan population. </li></ul></ul>Mixture of Pagan & Christian Beliefs

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