Beowulf

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Beowulf

Scandinavia @ 550 CE

Comments: very important Viking independently named in Roman records of a raid in Germany, with his Leader Hroðgar, King of the Danes; Viking raids on Britain came in waves, the first included the Anglos, the Saxons and the Juttes. They pushed the indigenous and Roman Britons into the West, where they became the Welsh. They rename Britannia England, home of the Anglo or Englo and settle. 200 years later the Vikings who settled in French Normandy got restless, and the Normans supplanted the Saxons in 1066; The Poem is about Honor and Bravery, traditional Viking fare, and the defeat of a monster known as Grendel;


Teachers: Hroðgar, King of the Danes; Homer ? ; Virgil ?:

Students: Wiglaf ; J. R. R. Tolkien; Chescat aka Lisa M*****; Chuck Furnace; Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, who reassembled the damaged manuscript; Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin who translated the 1815 edition; Prof. Jane Chance; Wilhelm Grimm , of the Grimm Brothers; Carl Wilhelm Von Sydow; Albert S. Cook ; Friedrich Klaeber; Laurence Nowell; Franciscus Junius (the younger); Stanley B. Greenfield;

Organizations: the Viking Hoards

Author: illiterate, but the subject of the earliest surviving epic, discovered in the Nowell Codex, 700 to 1,000 CE, also named Beowulf


Resources: Cheshcat - private correspondence; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf; Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life lecture series by Professor J. Rufus Fears; listen to it here -http://librivox.org/beowulf/ around the fire outside, if possible, in the Winter night;