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Two examples from lines 1-126 of text Beowulf indentifying kennings written as...

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billy-bob93 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 3, 2011 at 4:33 AM via web

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Two examples from lines 1-126 of text Beowulf indentifying kennings written as possessives.

I found one already:

  • “Hell’s captive”-refers to Grendel being captured in Beowulf’s arm

I just need another one! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM (Answer #1)

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There are multiple kennings in the epic text, Beowulf, which shows a possessive.

1. Chapter two refers to Grendel as a "death-shadow." This refers to the fact that he belongs in darkness given his exile by God based upon his kinship to Cain.

2. Also in chapter two, one finds another reference to Grendel-- "man-hater." Grendel possess hatred for man, especially the Danes, given they are able to revel in the light because they are looked upon by God with favor.

3. One last possessive kenning appears, again, in chapter two. Here, not only is a kenning used, alliteration is as well (another popular device used in Anglo-Saxon texts). The "haunts of these hell-wizards" depicts the dwellings of those damned to hell.

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