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Beowulf context

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Chris Webb

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of Beowulf context

Beowulf
Grendel is torturing the Danes
Hrothgar calls Beowulf
Beowulf comes to Denmark
Battle #1—Grendel
Battle #2—Grendel's Mom
Beowulf goes home/becomes king (Geatland)
Battle #3—A dragon
Geographic context
Basic Outline
Beowulf comparison
Poem
Film
Grendel likes to eat people, so attacks Herot
Beowulf called in to defend them; kills Grendel
Grendel's Mom gets mad; kills a guy
Beowulf goes to Grendel's Mom's house and kills her, cuts off Grendel's head
Beowulf rules for 50 years
Someone does something stupid, wakes up a dragon
Beowulf fights the dragon (with a wingman, Wiglaf)
Beowulf dies, Wiglaf takes over
Grendel's annoyed by partying, so attacks people to shut them up
Beowulf's called in to stop the "monster"; kills Grendel
Grendel's Mom gets mad; kills a guy
Beowulf goes down to Grendel's Mom house and is seduced by her; basically hooks up with her
Beowulf rules for 50 years
A dragon shows up (Beowulf's SON!) and he must fight him
Beowulf dies, Wiglaf takes over
Source: Wikipedia
Hrothgar
(King of Danes)
Grendel's mom
Cain
(from the Bible)
Grendel
(demon)
Hygelac
(King of Geats
Ecgtheow
(Brother-in-law of Hygelac)
Beowulf
(Star)
Beowulf's Mom
Geats
Bad Guys
Danes
Beowulf comparison
Shield Sheafson
(Orphan, then King)
Beow
(also important)
Halfdane
(Hrothgar's father)
Kennings
A literary device in which a noun is renamed in a creative way using a compound word or union of two separate words to combine ideas
"Scholar's home"
School
"milk-licker"
cat
"battle sweat"
"whale road"
"bane [enemy] of wood"
"sky candle"
"breaker of trees"
Actual kennings
from Beowulf
Now you do it.
Make kennings for the following words. Post them (and a 1¶ definition/explanation IN YOUR OWN WORDS of what a kenning is) in a blog post.
A teacher
a bus driver
a computer
Love
Bombs
Yes, there
a movie version.
was
No, we can't/won't watch it.
Parents
Siblings
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