Beowulf often refers to another being rather than the Christian God.

Up until the end of Beowulf’s life he was constantly looking to be the hero.

.The poem’s creation of Beowulf gives its theme ethical force.

In Beowulf, the main character, a Geat warrior named Beowulf, possesses extraordinary qualities: “He was the strongest of men alive in that day, mighty and noble.” Upon spotting Beowulf approaching, the sea-guard of the Danes says, “Never have I seen a greater man on earth…” King Hrothgar of the Danes says of Beowulf, “Seafarers who took gifts to the Geats say that he has the strength of 30 men in his ha...

The epic poem Beowulf describes the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times.

Beowulf fits the description of a hero.

The poem could be interpreted two ways; one way is that the poem depicts a group of military recruits receiving a lecture from their head officer on guns and how to use them.

Beowulf’s battle with the dragon serves as a critique of the notion that Beowulf is a hero.

Tolkien in (such as the One Ring as a symbol of power lust) or William Butler Yeats' use of Constantinople as a symbol to represent poetic artifice in "Sailing to Byzantium," or Yeats' use of a gyre to symbolize the cycles of history and the sphinx as an emblem of the Antichrist in "The Second Coming." See also and .

Beowulf was the ideal example of what a great king should be according to the Germanic people....

This essay intends to present both sides of the story.

*honoring courage over long life
*enjoying feasting, storytelling, and music
*admiring physical strength more than intelligence
*valuing loyalty to the lord or king above all
*viewing life fatalistically, even within the Christian tradition

What is a Kenning?

In the time of Beowulf the kings were of the utmost of importance.

Throughout his life, Beowulf had been an excellent leader and had led his army to many victories over many foes, of his land and of many others as well.

Theory on the prosody of Beowulf is evolving.

The epic is named after the hero, Beowulf, who is a man “with gleaming armor.” (line 130) Because Beowulf is “the strongest of the Geats- greater than anyone in the world” he was called upon by his uncle Higlac, the king of the Geats, to save Herot from the wrath of Grendel, a terrible monster....

Beowulf often displays cunning and craftiness in dealing with others.

Cite evidence to support your answer.
What details remind us that Beowulf is a hero of epic proportion, and how does he represent the Anglo-Saxon people and their values?
How does the author structure the story in order to create tension during the fight between Beowulf and Grendal?

Whiteboard Discussion
Translation of the battle between Grendel and Beowulf (sections 11-12)
“In his article, John Niles reminds us that translations of a literary work are
not the literary work itself, but an "imaginative reconstruction" of it.”


The battle with Grendel represents the youth of Beowulf's life....

We can see Beowulf’s ability to succeed decline with his need for weapons, armor, and the help of friends in Beowulf’s first battle, we see the true Christian spirit.

However, the women of the time are rarely mentioned in Beowulf.

Words/phrases that reveal characterization (STEAL)--5 examples for each
Grendel's Mother
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How does Beowulf's encounter with Grendel's mother fulfill another aspect of the epic hero cycle?