Javier 4,000 lines that are preserved out of 30,000

Javier Muñoz & Anahi RodriguezR. Covington English IV13 December 2017Historical Background of Beowulf    Many of the poets of the Anglo-Saxon Period are a mystery. No one knows about the historical background of the author. The epic poem Beowulf is one that its author is unknown. It is said by many sources that the author could have been a monastic poet depending on how the Christian interpretation of the poem is (CSIS.Pace.edu). It is believed that Beowulf was written by a Christian individual because of how they lived their life, who frequently behave in distinctly un-Christian ways. The old English epic poem, Beowulf is the oldest poem that has been found and one of the very earliest poems in English and its first great literary masterpiece. This poem has almost 4,000 lines that are preserved out of 30,000 (CSIS.Pace.edu). It is said that there were hundreds of copies of this poem but Thorkelin’s house burned and his manuscript for an edition of Beowulf, which just had been completed, was destroyed ( by C. J. Wright). The epic poem Beowulf is based on a real hall unearthed in a small town in Denmark, according to archaeologists.  It is said that the poem still survives in the original manuscript known as the Nowell Codex. The poem has no title in the original manuscript, but it came to be known by the name of the story’s protagonist that it is Beowulf. In 1731, the manuscript was badly damaged by a fire that swept through Ashburnham House in London that had many manuscripts. The Nowell Codex is currently housed in the British Library. The poem deals with legends, and was composed for entertainment. Though Beowulf is not mentioned in other Anglo-Saxon manuscript, scholars generally agree that many personalities of Beowulf can also be seen in Scandinavian sources. There are several interpretations of this epic poem. There is one that have had a strong influence on the analysis of the poem of Tolkien’s seminal essay, “The monsters and the Critics”. It has one major theme of Beowulf to be the union of the rising power of the youth and declining powers of age. Others see the work as a sad elegy of a time long go when this poem was composed. A saddened reflection on a time long ago when the kings were noble and the nobles did great actions. Another interpretation of this poem was a Monastic interpretation, meaning some religious elements were added in the poem. Throughout the story Beowulf repeatedly accepts that God is his protector. When Beowulf describes his battle with Grendel’s mother, he states, “The fight would have ended straightaway if God had not guarded me” (by, Gradesaver). There is a sense of “magical” protection protecting all of Beowulf’s actions. However, it is said that God’s protection must be earned saying that a warrior must first be true to his values, courage, honesty, pride, and humility. Only then he will earn God’s protection. In addition to the protection, it is sensed that all terrestrial goods, be it success or wealth, comes from God. There is a difference of values in Beowulf that is pride vs. humility.   There is a dichotomy of values in Beowulf: that of pride vs. humility. Beowulf is a man who boasts, yet he also has wisdom and humility. The author has been unknown til’ this day, but we have an idea or confirmation of who he could have been.  However, this epic poem, until this day, we don’t know who was the father of this heroic poem. Many sources tell us that the author might have been a monastic poet or court poet depending on the Christian interpretation of the poem.(CSIS.Pace.edu).  Clearly, the author of Beowulf was one of England’s first great authors. But who was he? The name you see in the book does not belong to the author of Beowulf; rather, it belongs to the translator. The reason for this is that historians are not sure who wrote the original Beowulf manuscript. Sadly, the author of one of the greatest works of English literature is still anonymous. However, historians do know about the author of Beowulf, even if they do not know who the author was. In fact, there is no knowledge that Beowulf was a true man, but his characters fit seamlessly into the context of his society and family. Few other stories have the heroism shown by Beowulf in fights with three aggressive monsters he confronts: the monster Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon.  On the other hand, this epic poem Beowulf is a really good poem that many people like. The set of the poem is in Scandinavia. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Herot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland and later becomes king of the Geats. After fifty years have passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is really hurt in the battle. After his death, his attendants cremate his body and build a tower on a headland in his memory. In conclusion, it is said that there is no author to give credit for this astonishing poem. The author will still be a mystery and we never know if in the future we will find out who it really was. This poem is one of the best ones ever written in English Literature, and we hope the manuscript is always safe in the place where it is so it can continue down to many generations. Works CitedWilmoth, Josh, Who Wrote Beowulf?, December 14, 2016, Letterpilehttp://www.editoreric.com/greatlit/authors/Author-of-Beowulf.html Eric,Anonymous author of Beowulf, Greatest Literature of all time the Authors,https://www.ancient.eu/Beowulf/Fiorention, Wesley, Beowulf, April 28, 2017, Ancient History Encyclopediahttps://www.britannica.com/topic/Beowulf The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, Beowulf old english poem, May 21, 2014, Britannica


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