Women In The Epic Of Beowulf

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How where women perceived back in the mid eight centuries? The pome of “Beowulf” was expected to be written mid eight centuries but some scholars are to believe the tenth century. The original manuscripts where destroyed in a fire in 1731. With the original being destroyed there is no provenance to the original tittle or author of the pome. With the fire the pome lost may lines (Greenblatt & Abrams). With the pomes author not being know the author is known as the Beowulf poet. Though it was written in English and given a tittle from more contemporary editors it is thought to be a dialect of Mercia, Midland England. Even though it is an Epic Old English pome it is based of German descents of two south Scandinavian tribes (Greenblatt & Abrams). …show more content…
Hydg is wife of King Hygelac of Geatland she also was responsible for bearing the cup of mead instead of doing it in rank she had no order in how she served. She would just be attentive to the company and fill the warriors’ horns. Her husband was killed in the battle against the Franks. When her husband is Killed she offers the kingdom to Beowulf because she felt he would be a great leader and felt her son Heardred too young. She was worried that her son was too inexperienced to protect Geatland from the Swedes but Beowulf wanted her to make her son the King. Heardred proved to be unfit as a protector and the Swedes killed him so Beowulf had no choice but to become King. However, even though the royal women of Beowulf tend to have a more positive role in the paly there is always an evil charter. One of the evil charters in the pome is Grendel’s mother who is a monster. Her role in the pome is to avenge her son Grendel’s death. She is a strong charter with in Beowulf because instead of being like the other women and being peace weavers or hostess, she lives alone and uses violence to solve her …show more content…
One of the only women in “Beowulf” that did not have to answer or listen to anybody was Grendel’s mother. In “Beowulf” the men are known as the heroics and are to provide for the women but in Marie de France’s “Lanval” the gender roles are switched and the lady becomes the hero. In “Lanval” you have the charter Lanval who is a man of no wealth but serves loyal to King. Lanval becomes depressed and rides to a field and falls asleep when he then is approached by two fair maddens who are beautiful and dressed expensively. They escort him to meet his fairy lover. The fairy told Lanval that he was the love of her life and that she would give him anything he wanted and all the riches if he did not speak of their relationship. Queen Guinevere liked Lanval and because he wanted nothing to do with her threatened him of being gay and treason. Queen Guinevere was a self-centered person not like Hildeburh, Wealhtheow, and Hydg of “Beowulf”. Guinevere had Arthur sentence Lanval to die. Even though Lanval turned down Guinevere because he loved another and he said that his love was the prettiest women ever. Lanval did mention his love for another but never said who so when he was about to be burned to death the fairy queen rode in on her big white horse and saved him from the fire and rode off

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