abysm of time a reference to the hellish chaos

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abysm of time  a reference to the hellish chaos, the unfathomable chasm that spawned Grendel's  mother and other descendants of Cain. Aelfhere  some scholars think that this is a reference to Beowulf, indicating that Wiglaf is related,  perhaps a cousin. battle-flame  the sword, Hrunting. Battle-Scylfings  Swedes. The Geats have a long feud with the Scylfings. battle-talon  another reference to Grendel's claw. body-warden  a kenning for a chain-mail shirt. The bold Scylding  the poet associates Beowulf with the Scyldings, perhaps out of respect for his  loyal service, even though the champion is a Geat. bone-house  a kenning for   the body. Bright-Danes  another name for the Scyldings, the reference to shining light. burnished 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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