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Beowulf, Wyrd and Epics
Beowulf, Wyrd and Epics
Beowulf, Wyrd and Epics
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Beowulf, Wyrd and Epics

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

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