He also suggests that the poem reflects the preChristian past [Tolkein, 1936]3. The text further gives evidence of it being a Christian poem when after slaying the slave, Beowulf presents to Hrothgar the hilt of his sword on which was engraved the slaying of giants as depicted in the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 6:4, Beowulf, lines 1690-950)[Bodek,2004]. The question of whether Beowulf is a Christian or pagan poem is still largely debated. However, this confusion does not take away the central characteristics of the poem, which is its epic descriptions of war, its vivid imagery and glorifying of a hero which later acted as a style for poets and dramatists to personify their
They are also well known for the code of Honor, as the Anglo-Saxons had many values that their soldiers must live by. In Beowulf, an English epic poem that tells of the tell of the incredible warrior Beowulf, Anglo-Saxons values of the time period are displayed. Loyalty, bravery, and honesty are three of the most important values
Beowulf is an epic hero because he is significant and glorified, risk deaths and he is ethical. Beowulf’s heroic actions result in him being glorified by both the Danes and the Geats. Beowulf fights a monster name Grendel and kills him by his bare hands and ripping. Grendel's arms off. leaving Grendel life into death.
Many religious references are made throughout Beowulf. God is referred to as "Eternal Lord", "the Almighty", and "Almighty Judge." The story of Cain is hugely referenced throughout Beowulf. Pagan practices within the text include the burning of Beowulf’s body after he died along with surrounding his body with luxurious treasures. The characters refer to God as their one and only savior.
The Anglo-Saxons were pagans and then later converted to Christianity. The Bayeux tapestry, a cloth that is 230 feet long and 20 inches tall, is a major achievement by the Norman Romanesque because it’s so exquisite and is a work of art. The Hiberno-Saxon art is is a combination of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon styles to decorate objects. Heptarchy is the name used to identify the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the early
“The most famous of buildings under heaven.” As part of a cultural metaphor, Heorot, the "greatest house / in the world" (145-146), is a symbol of human civilization on earth, with the monsters' attacks representing the occasional intrusion of the surrounding wilderness. More specifically, however, the mead-hall symbolizes the
Hrothgar is the king of the Danes that has heard much of the great Beowulf and all of his success of defeating the evilness around him. For instance “ The great king of the Danes Commands me to tell you that he knows of your noble birth and have come across the sea bravely”( pg 47 lines 127-130). this shows that word about the hero Beowulf has spread all over the lands about his victories against evil forces and welcomes him into the land of the danes with open
Beowulf demonstrated bravery in the face of opposition. He was also a selfless warrior, who fought for the greater good of his people. Achilles was also a brave warrior, but he fought for what he wanted. Making him more of a selfish person. Both of these heroes demonstrated cunning, and wisdom through battle.
Every culture has rules and customs written in stone, in which they describe to be the perfect human being. This person is usually made into a hero and with all these perfect traits comes a perfect story to be told, it is usually told as an epic. There is always something that separates this character from the rest, from extraordinary strength to humble leadership. According to T. Mercadal, “The hero archetype is an ideal person (usually male) who possesses virtues and outstanding traits meant to be admired and imitated, such as courage, leadership, noble sentiments, self-sacrifice, bravery, and strength.” This assertion portrays the main characteristics of the Germanic heroic Code that are presented throughout the poem. The qualities of the Anglo-Saxon hero are well established by Beowulf's actions.