Unformatted text preview: of view, and much of the meaning is clouded by the folk-tale analogues. “ Beowulf is not an “epic”, not even a magnified ‘lay’. No term borrowed from Greek or other literatures exactly fit: there is no reason why they should” (Tolkien 127). I must agree with Tolkien’s point of view, the story is not all about fighting demons and dragons, it’s about the rise and fall of a man. It is only because the main foes in Beowulf are inhuman that the story is larger and more significant then just a tale about a great king’s fall. If the monsters were replaced with great battles against formidable enemies, the meaning of Beowulf would be the same....
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2009 for the course ENG 100 taught by Professor Marr during the Spring '09 term at Union.
- Spring '09
- Narrative Poem