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1 Anglo-Saxon Period 450-1066 A.D. Historical and LiteraryBackground NotesSource: Pfordresher, John, Gladys V. Veidemanis, and Helen McDonnell eds. “The Anglo-Saxons ” & “Beowulf.” England in Literature. Scott, Foresman and Co. Glenview, IL: ,
2 Shaped by InvadersThe Anglo-Saxon culture was shaped by the different peoples who invaded the island of Britain2000 B.C.E. - Invaders from Iberian Peninsula600 B.C.E. - Celts43 A.D. - Romans
10 Draugr A monster in Old Norse Literature who is an animated corpse People who had grievances after death could become draugarWander at night, wreaking aimless vengeance
11 Draugr Supernaturally strong – can’t be killed A draugr often has a mother called a ketta (“she-cat”) more monstrous than he
12 EpicA long narrative poem celebrating the great deeds of one or more legendary heroes, in a grand, ceremonious style
13 Epic CharacteristicsSetting is typically vast, usually encompassing stories about great nations or even the universeUse of elevated language (i.e., epithet, metaphor)Supernatural forces are typically evident
14 Scop (or bard) Chanted traditional poems & composed new ones for feastsand ceremonialoccasions
15 List characteristics of stories that are primarily recited from memory instead of read from a book. What are some examples of these kinds of stories?
16 AlliterationRepetition of consonantsounds at the beginning ofwords
17 Alliteration Example: “Grendel . . . made his home in a hell Not hell but earth. He was spawnedin that slime . . .”
18 EpithetAn adjective or adjectival phrase used to define a characteristic, quality, or attribute of some person or thing
19 EpithetExamples:Shild described as: “Lord of all life, Ruler of glory”Grendel described as: “Shepherd of evil, guardian of crime”Beowulf described as: “mighty protector of men”
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