Beowulf (Myths and Legends of the World)
Beowulf is the title of the earliest existing Anglo-Saxon epic.long poem about legendary or historical heroes, written in a grand style It tells the story of Beowulf, a Norsereferring to the people and culture of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland hero and warrior who fought and conquered several monsters that terrorized Denmark and Sweden. The poem combines elements of Anglo-Saxon culture with Christian moral values in an extraordinary adventure story.
The manuscript containing the story of Beowulf was discovered in England in the l600s. It is written in Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxon invaders who settled in England between A.D. 450 and 600. There is some debate about when Beowulf was written and who wrote it. Although the manuscript dates from around 1000, the poem was composed much earlier, sometime between 700 and 950. Certain references in the text suggest that the author was a Christian who modeled the story after paganterm used by early Christians to describe non-Christians and non-Christian beliefs tales of Norse and German heroes of the past. The writer was probably either a monk or a poet connected to a nobleman's court in central or...
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