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Similarities Between Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf

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Axel Lozano

on 2 October 2014

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Transcript of Similarities Between Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf

Similarities Between Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf
Alliteration is a major similarity in writing style for both Cædmon's Hymn and Beowulf.
Two Nouns to Describe One
Throughout both poems two nouns are used to describe just one thing.
For instance:
Glorifying God
The main characters in both poems are very spiritual in personality, attributing their successes to God.
The authors chose to write in a very formal fashion to deliver a message to its readers and to an extent, God himself.
The Anglo-Saxon works of literature, Cædmon’s Hymn and the beginning portion of Beowulf exhibit several similarities including: word choice, religious praising and a common origin. However, a significant parallel these two poems share is writing style.
"gomban gyldan; þæt wæs god cyning!"
G sound is repeated throughout this phrase in section 21.
Cædmon's Hymn
"firum foldan Frea ælmihtig"
In this section of Cædmon's Hymn the
sound is repeated.
Cædmon's Hymn
Cædmon's Hymn

Which is describing the sea.
Breaker-of-rings (37)
Which describes the King.
Wuldor-Fæder (3)
Which is speaking of God, the Glory Father
Heaven-Kingdom's Guardian (1)
"Nu sculon herigean heofonrices Weard"

(Now we must praise heaven kingdom's Guardian)
Often, for undaunted courage,
fate spares the man it has not already marked." (572-573)
The narrator claims that God chooses everyone's fate, however, to Beowulf one can be successful through bravery and courage as well.
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