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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Textbook Notes (pg.31-60)

  • Epic- is a ling narrative poem, sometime developed orally, that celebrates the deeds of a legendary or heroic figure.
  • the hero battles forces that threaten the order of his world
  •  the story is told in a serious manner, often in special. elevated language.
  • legendary hero- is larger-than-life character whose accomplishments are celebrated in traditional tales.

  • Cain- oldest son of Adam and EVE, who murdered his brother Abel.
  • Healfdane's- son of Hrothgar
  • Higlac's Higlac was the king of the Geats and Beowulf's feudal lord and , uncle
  • mail- flexible body armor of metal that Beowulf wore.
  • Beowulf and his men arrive at Gerit and are called ti see the King
  • Wayland - From Germanic folklore, an invisible blacksmith
  • "That night Beowulf and his men stay inside Herot. While his men sleep, Beowulf lies awake, eager to meet with Grendel."
  • King tells Beowulf of the two monster in the water lair.
  • Battles with Grendel's Mother
  • After his battle he and his men return home where Beowulf is crowned King
  • serves 50 years as king then goes off to his last battle against a dragon
  • Wiglaf denounces the warriors who deserted Beowulf. The Geats burn their king's body on a funeral pyre and bitterly lament his death.
  • He died from wound of the dragon he killed

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