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Christian Elements in Beowulf The praised epic poem Beowulf is the first great heroic poem in English literature The epic follows a courageous warrior named Beowulf throughout his young adult life and into his old age As a young man Beowulf becomes a legendary hero when he saves the land of the Danes from the hellish creatures Grendel and his mother Later after fifty years pass Beowulf is an old man and a great king of the Geats A monstrous dragon soon invades his peaceful kingdom and he defends his people courageously dying in the process His body is burned and his ashes are placed in a cave by the sea By placing his ashes in the seaside cave people passing by will always remember the legendary hero and king Beowulf In this recognized epic Beowulf is abound in supernatural elements of pagan associations however the poem is the opposite of pagan barbarism The presentation of the story telling moves fluidly within Christian surroundings as well as pagan ideals Beowulf was a recited pagan folklore where the people of that time period believed in gods goddesses and monsters Its significance lies in an oral history where people memorized long dense lines of tedious verse Later when a written tradition was introduced they began to write the story down on tablets The old tale was not first told or invented by the commonly known Beowulf poet This is clear from investigations of the folk lore analogues The manuscript was written by two scribes around AD 1000 in late West Saxon the literary dialect of that period It is believed that the scribes who put the old materials together into their present form were Christians and that his poem reflects a Christian tradition The first scribe copied three prose pieces and the first 1939 lines of Beowulf while the second scribe copied the rest of Beowulf and Judith In 1731 a fire swept
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