The Epic Poem, Beowulf Essay

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Many have heard of the famous epic poem, Beowulf. The heroic epic poem was written between 700-1000 A.D. by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon author. It was not until after 1000 A.D. that it was finished being transcribed. What many people do not know is that the epic poem, Beowulf, took place during the Anglo-Saxon time period meaning that it discussed events that took place in the very early history of England. Though the epic poem is fiction, some of the events that took place regarding the Anglo-Saxons were very realistic. The poem was written to show what the Anglo-Saxon culture was like in the past.
According to The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, the Anglo-Saxon was a term used historically to describe any member of the Germanic peoples who, from the fifth century CE to the time of the Norman Conquest, which took place in 1066, inhabited and ruled territories that are today part of England and Wales. The Anglo- Saxons came from three different type of Germanic peoples including the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes. These people came from Britain which is in the northern part of Germany (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). Many may ask what does the Anglo-Saxons have to do with the poem Beowulf, but in all reality, the poem discusses what the Anglo-Saxons did in their land. A couple of hundred years before the story was written the Anglo-Saxons had migrated to England in order to settle and create a better life for themselves and their families (New World…

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