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BEowulf webquest - Maggie Kowalik p.6 DE LIT Part one...

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Maggie Kowalik p.6 DE LIT Part one: Overview 1. Beowulf has thought to be written in 700-1000 CE. Old English or also called Anglo-Saxon is the language the poem was written. 2. The timeframe was Sixth century, and the geographical location was Scandinavia, or Southern Sweden today. The Hygelac’s raid on the Franks dates around 520 CE is known. 3. Beowulf is a historical character. In addition, there are more historical characters like Hrothgar, Heygelac, and Onela. 4. Beowulf was divided into two parts. In the first part, the young warrior fights Grendal and Grendal’s mother. In the second part, Beowulf’s days as the ruler of Geats, hero dies, battling a dragon to protect his own kingdom. 5. Beowulf was passed down through oral tradition, until it was written in manuscript in 1000 CE. Part two: Language
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1. The implication of the translation process is that it is subjective. It will not be able to fit everything about word choice, grammar, and poetic style of the original, chooses what to include from original. The upside is that it is translated so we can read the wonderful poem. 2. The letters excluded were J, Q, Z. 3. The thorn was borrowed from the runic alphabet the letter representing a “th” sound. 4. The “eth” sound also functions as the “th” sound.
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