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Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Backgrounds

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Do some Internet research on the poem; what from Anglo-Saxon backgrounds can you find that is useful in understanding the poem?

Today, the Anglo-Saxon poem "Beowulf" is most often read in translation from its original old English. The poem likely began as part of an oral, heroic tradition and was only later transcribed onto the page. The condition of the Beowulf manuscript, particularly around its damaged outer margins, often necessitates reconstruction of words or parts of words which are now lost. (Ellis, 1997). The 'oral' nature of the poem is also reflected in the fact that some words occur in a number of variant spellings, as well as ...

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