On What Occasions Does Norse Mythology Play an Important Role in Beowulf?

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Introduction On what occasions does Norse Mythology play an important role in Beowulf? Throughout the story of Beowulf, Norse Mythology has been an important factor of the story’s continuation. While they both have interactions with Christianity, they are both very important. Norse Mythology has existed as early as the 10th century. Just like how Beowulf, and many other epics have been told, Norse mythology was preserved through the tradition of oral preservation.
Norse Mythology It is said that there are twelve major Norse gods. This is of similar to the twelve chief Roman gods and goddesses. Odin was the chief god and only had one eye, while the god of war, Tyr, only had one arm. This meant that in Northern Europe, this mythology
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He was the first god to perish and died from Loki. Tyr is the god of war and Tuesday is named from him. He only has one arm that was bitten off by a wolf. Frey was the god of weather and fertility, as well as ruled over the land of the elves. Freya is Frey’s sister and was the goddess of fertility, war, and wealth. She lived on the battleground and would treat wounded soldiers. Heimdall is the watcher of the rainbow bridge, which the Giants will cross over and take over the world as soon as Heimdall blows his horn. He never sleeps and was given birth by nine sisters. Loki is the son of a giant. He is the god of trickery, and is said many gods despise him. He was bound to a cave by the other gods. Hel is the daughter of Loki and the goddess of the Underworld. Half of her face is human, while the other is completely blank. Idun is the keeper of the apples that kept the gods young forever. Lastly, Kvasir is the last god and is said to be the wisest of all.
Relationships to Beowulf When Beowulf was fighting Grendel’s Mother he lost all hope until he laid his eyes on thee Giant’s sword that killed her. The sword was forged by the giants which was a supernatural race in Norse Mythology. In Norse mythology, a hero proves himself by dying while fighting against the forces of evil. Beowulf becomes a hero when he dies while fighting the dragon. In Beowulf, they also buried the dead based on their views of heroism.

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