•Earliest surviving epic writtenin English;•Put down on paper before1000AD;•Oral Tradition…told in theform of a story for ...
• It’s an epic;       • It’s a saga;       • It was originally written in         poetic form;       • It contains the com...
•The author is unknown/parchment•From the Anglo-Saxon time period;•Original/surviving manuscript in amuseum in London, Eng...
• The author is unknown;• From the Anglo-Saxon time  period;• Original/surviving manuscript in a  museum in London, Englan...
Beowulf’s Family Tree                    Swerting                     HrethelHerbald   Hathcyn     Hygelac            daug...
Hrothgar’s Family Tree                     Scyld                    (Shild)                         Beo                   ...
Children of Hrothgar &                 WealtheowHrethric         Hrothmund          Freaw                                 ...
OngenthoOnela                 Ohterem. Yrs            Eanmund            Eadgila
And now for the Beowulf           Tabloids…•   Hathcyn & Herbald…was it really an accident?•   Why was he named Beowulf?• ...
The Tabloid’s Continued…•   Vikingar Who were these people?•   Scyld…was he a god or not?•   Grendel’s mama…that beauty qu...
Herbald and Hathcyn• Hathcyn became king of the Geats after  accidentally killing his older  brother, Herbald. He killed H...
Beowulf…the name• Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to  "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf  "wolf".
Ecgtheow• Beowulf’s father, Hygelac’s brother-in-  law, and Hrothgar’s friend.• Beowulf was born in Denmark• Ecgtheow had ...
Grendel’s twisted family tree and                  storyDAD = CainMOM = Loathsome, snake-like creature that lived in the f...
Grendel• Father was Cain from the Bible.• Mother was a creature that lived in a pool that  connected to the bowels of Hell...
Grendel’s Momma•Different translations have a different view than thetraditional translation.•Traditional = more monster/l...
Hygelac•Beowulf’s uncle;•King of the Geats.• Husband of Hygd. Hygelac.• Heartily welcomes Beowulf back from Denmark.• Son ...
•Hrothgar’s nephew, Hrothulf•Hrothulf betrays and usurps* his cousin, Hrethic, therightful heir to the Danish throne.•Hrot...
Geats vs. Swedes•The history of the relationship between the Geats andSwedes covers a period extending from Beowulfschildh...
Who were the Vikings•exclusively applied to men;• werent just raiders, but farmers, traders and settlers - and theytook th...
Scyld (Shild) Scefing•Scyld Scefing the legendary ancestor of the Danish royallineage known as the Scyldings (legendary* r...
Brecca/Unferth• a warrior in the tribe of the Spear-Danes, challenges Beowulfs boasts andclaims about himself.•When Beowul...
13 th   Warrior
•EPIC…narrative poem about ahero’s deeds; BACK•SAGA…details the relationship andstories from one generation to thenext; BA...
The End…
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  1. 1. •Earliest surviving epic writtenin English;•Put down on paper before1000AD;•Oral Tradition…told in theform of a story for centuriesbefore it was written down;
  2. 2. • It’s an epic; • It’s a saga; • It was originally written in poetic form; • It contains the common theme of: GOOD vs. EVIL;Mask
  3. 3. •The author is unknown/parchment•From the Anglo-Saxon time period;•Original/surviving manuscript in amuseum in London, England; Viking Boat
  4. 4. • The author is unknown;• From the Anglo-Saxon time period;• Original/surviving manuscript in a museum in London, England; Beowulf
  5. 5. Beowulf’s Family Tree Swerting HrethelHerbald Hathcyn Hygelac daughter m. Hydg m. Ecgtheow Beowulf daughter Herdred m. Efor
  6. 6. Hrothgar’s Family Tree Scyld (Shild) Beo HealfdaneHerogar Hrothgar Halga Yrs. m. Wealtheow m. OnelaHerward Hrothulf
  7. 7. Children of Hrothgar & WealtheowHrethric Hrothmund Freaw m. Ingeld
  8. 8. OngenthoOnela Ohterem. Yrs Eanmund Eadgila
  9. 9. And now for the Beowulf Tabloids…• Hathcyn & Herbald…was it really an accident?• Why was he named Beowulf?• My father was a killer…the story of Ecgtheow.• Grendel’s twisted family tree and story.• My Uncle is the King, but not Elvis.• Hrothful’s got a knife…but no gun.• You kill me, I’ll kill you…the story of the Geats & the Swedes
  10. 10. The Tabloid’s Continued…• Vikingar Who were these people?• Scyld…was he a god or not?• Grendel’s mama…that beauty queen…• Brecca…Beowulf’s ‘boy’ friend?
  11. 11. Herbald and Hathcyn• Hathcyn became king of the Geats after accidentally killing his older brother, Herbald. He killed Herbald in a ‘hunting accident’. He is eventually killed by Ongentho, king of the Swedes ⏎
  12. 12. Beowulf…the name• Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf "wolf".
  13. 13. Ecgtheow• Beowulf’s father, Hygelac’s brother-in- law, and Hrothgar’s friend.• Beowulf was born in Denmark• Ecgtheow had to leave Sweden because he killed a member of the Wylfing tribe.• When Beowulf was 6 years old, King Hrothgar paid the Wergild or fine so they could return home.
  14. 14. Grendel’s twisted family tree and storyDAD = CainMOM = Loathsome, snake-like creature that lived in the fen.THE FEN= misty place where all the evil of the world lived.
  15. 15. Grendel• Father was Cain from the Bible.• Mother was a creature that lived in a pool that connected to the bowels of Hell. She had very few human characteristics.
  16. 16. Grendel’s Momma•Different translations have a different view than thetraditional translation.•Traditional = more monster/less human•Modern = more human/less monster
  17. 17. Hygelac•Beowulf’s uncle;•King of the Geats.• Husband of Hygd. Hygelac.• Heartily welcomes Beowulf back from Denmark.• Son Herdred is in line to become king.
  18. 18. •Hrothgar’s nephew, Hrothulf•Hrothulf betrays and usurps* his cousin, Hrethic, therightful heir to the Danish throne.•Hrothulf’s treachery contrasts with Beowulf’s loyaltyto Hygelac in helping his son, Herdred, to the throne.•He murders his two cousins, Hrethric and Hrothmundafter Queen Wealtheow gave him the job of protectingher young sons.•Hrethric and Hrothmund were just young boys!*usurp – to take position of power illegally or by force
  19. 19. Geats vs. Swedes•The history of the relationship between the Geats andSwedes covers a period extending from Beowulfschildhood to the probable continuation of the feudafter his death.•The Swedish-Geatish wars refer to semi-legendary 6th century battlesbetween Swedes and Geats that are described inthe Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.•Little has survived of such battles in the Norse sagas•Swedes succeeded in conquering the Geats…how dowe know this?
  20. 20. Who were the Vikings•exclusively applied to men;• werent just raiders, but farmers, traders and settlers - and theytook their families with them when they moved fromScandinavia;•Most womens lives were bounded by hearth and home*, butthey had great influence within this world.*a symbol of traditional family values and home life *
  21. 21. Scyld (Shild) Scefing•Scyld Scefing the legendary ancestor of the Danish royallineage known as the Scyldings (legendary* royal family).•He is believed to be the son of Odin;•He would be half human/half god;•He arrived at Denmark on a ship…alone, as a child.*legendary – described in stories about old times and heroes
  22. 22. Brecca/Unferth• a warrior in the tribe of the Spear-Danes, challenges Beowulfs boasts andclaims about himself.•When Beowulf shows up ready to fightGrendel, Unferth tells a story hes heardabout Beowulfs swimming contest withBrec a.
  23. 23. 13 th Warrior
  24. 24. •EPIC…narrative poem about ahero’s deeds; BACK•SAGA…details the relationship andstories from one generation to thenext; BACK•PARCHMENT…thinly dried animalskins; BACK
  25. 25. The End…

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