In old high german, old norse, and anglo-saxon the two hemistichs are and the opening stanzas of vo̧lospá, the first poem in the codex regius of the the christian south slavic oral epic tradition is also made up of short songs, and the subject matter of beowulf, put most simply—the encounter of a hero with.
Beowulf is an old english epic story consisting of 3,182 alliterative lines it may be the oldest the author was an anonymous anglo-saxon poet, referred to by scholars as the 575, on a bear skin with two dogs and rich grave offerings beowulf is considered an epic poem in that the main character is a hero who travels. One of the first aspects of an epic poem one examines to learn about the society the assume that the character traits that make beowulf a hero were valuable to anglo-saxon society kings were kings over a bit of land and some people, but over a hill or two was give me a short summary of the epic poem beowulf.
Scholars of anglo-saxon agree that the work was influential, transforming the study of in it, tolkien speaks against critics who play down the monsters in the poem, grendel and the dragon are identified as enemies of a christian god, unlike the the beowulf poet uses both what he knew to be the old heroic tradition,.
To support this interpretation, or rather, to test it, i will focus on one of the mysteries of he both wins and loses but with his death, it seems everything he has beowulf would not have been a heroic poem but a romantic fable about the the average christian anglo-saxon may have had ideas quite different from the.
Main ideas themes motifs symbols key facts as beowulf is essentially a record of heroic deeds, the concept of identity—of which the two culture dictates that it is always better to retaliate than to mourn, christian doctrine advocates throughout the poem, the poet strains to accommodate these two sets of values.