One of the most important works of Old English literature, Beowulf is an epic poem consisting of over 3,000 lines, beautifully written in alliterative verse. Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf was the hero of a northern Germanic tribe, in what is now southern Sweden, who comes to the aid of a Danish king, who came under attack by Grendel, a descendant of the Biblical Cain. After Beowulf slays him with his bare hands, Grendel's mother also launches an attack, but is also defeated with a giant's sword that he found.
Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Sweden, and becomes king of a sect of sea-faring Goths, called Geats. Before the consolidation of Sweden, they were politically independent of the Swedes, and have now disappeared into legend and history. 50 years after becoming a Geatish king, Beowulf finds his realm terrorized by a dragon, who he then defeats, but is mortally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants cremate his body and erect a tower in his memory.
Written sometime after the year 700, the full story survives in the manuscript known as the Nowell Codex, now housed in the British Library.. It has no title in the original manuscript, but has become known by the name of the story's hero. But besides being an entertaining story, with great battles with monsters and dragons, could these be metaphors for actual events pertaining to historic wars grounded in truth? Thank you for supporting Atlantean Gardens! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5703352 Robert Sepehr is an anthropologist and author http://amazon.com/Robert-Sepehr/e/B00XTAB1YC/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atlanteangardens/ https://www.facebook.com/robertsepehr/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/robertsepehr/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertsepehr Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMqG0kLgrRv9tODTDG12oZA https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0gkKMGpCgyun7OoEOseryg