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The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Richard North

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book suggests that the Old English poem Beowulf was composed between the reigns of Kings Beornwulf (823-6) and Wiglaf (827-9 and 830-39) of Mercia, in the winter of 826-7, in the monastery of ... More


Introduction: Beowulf and Wiglaf

Richard North

in The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.003.01
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This introductory chapter opens with the importance of Wiglaf, who shares the limelight with Beowulf for the last fifth of the poem (580 lines), with this set alongside the near contiguous reigns of ... More


Dynastic Innovation in Beowulf

Richard North

in The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.003.02
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter compares Beowulf's Scyldings with the Skjöldungar of Old Norse analogues, and Beowulf himself with Böðvarr bjarki, his monster-slaying counterpart in Hrólfs saga kraka and elsewhere. The ... More


King Wiglaf and Eanmundes laf

Richard North

in The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.003.10
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter considers the Wiglafs in Beowulf and Mercian history. Charters and other evidence are used to study the lineages, cross-border families and claims to piety of each of them. Hrothgar, ... More


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