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1 EPIC! Epic, what does it mean to you? Hero w/ battles and journeys Ceremony, giving of gifts Boasting dialogue Parallelisms Symbolic descriptions epithets, kennings Long sentences with repeated patterns

2 Anglo-Saxon

3 428 Britain a conquered land –No one, strong king or leader –Constant battles, unrest, and upheaval –No focal point for loyalty

4 450 Anglo-Saxon Invasion Where we begin

5 597 Christian Missionaries land at Kent. It begins to spread. Irish mission (St. Patrick) (Xty influences stability and leadership of the land…still, civil unrest remains)

6 793 Viking Invasion and raids

7 871 Alfred the Great becomes king of Wessex. Finally, a leader! …400 yrs. later…

8 1066 Norman Conquest of William the Conqueror defeating Harold at Hastings and becomes king of England. Major turning point in life and times. –Departure from Warrior Society

9 Literature Oral tradition Epic poems, Lyric poems Elegy (death poem) Hagiography (lives of saints) Riddle like Kennings (all kennings are a metaphor, but not all metaphors are kennings)

10 Culture Nomadic (Transitoriness) Warrior society Pagan vs. Christian (fate vs. God) Values (courage, endurance) Social groupings Might made right Unsettled, literally and figuratively

11 BEOWULF Danes (Denmark) –Heorot –Hrothgar Geats (Sweden) –Beowulf –Scyld Monsters –Grendel –Grendels Mom/Dam –Fire Worm (dragon) From:

12 Versions & Similar Stories 13 th Warrior with Antonio Banderas –awesome one (Based on a Michael Chriton book, Eaters of the Dead)13 th Warrior Beowulf w/ Angela Jolie (2007)Beowulf 1999 Beowulf with Christian Lambert - sci-fi re-tellingBeowulf Beowulf and Grendel with Gerard Butler –best oneBeowulf and Grendel

13 Warrior Society


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