Beowulf: Fact or Fiction?

Destini Shepard and Lidia Burnett

Historical Context

The Anglo Saxons controlled England for 600 years. The Anglo Saxons used to be separated, they were the Angles, and the Saxons. They joined forces in the Viking era. The Angles and the Saxons were very alike. They were both invaders that took over land and conquered it.(Bloom 1)


The Dark Ages, as the Anglo-Saxon period is often called, was a time of bloody conflicts, ignorance, violence, and barbarism.(Allen et al. 23

Background of Beowulf

Scholars consider the author of Beowulf a good poet, but that is all that is really known about him. His name and information were not kept, causing people to believe that the story is fake. Some people believe that each of the poem's three fights were written by a different author, and later combined by others who added their piece of the story. While the poet did had knowledge of Christianity, he also spreads culture throughout their writings. Although Beowulf seems most connected to Old Norse folklore, some of it is based on fact.(Bloom 1)

Archeological Finds

The only solid evidence of the poet's existence is a manuscript produced around the year 1000. Two different scribes copied the poet's work in West Saxon, an Old English literary dialect, and an early editor gave the poem its title.(Bloom 1)

Factual Connections

Opinions

Our opinion is that Beowulf is a fictitous story. Beowulf fights evil beings throughout his journey that do not exist in the real world. the story could have been real if it involved human villains, but the story has monsters and dragons. Even though many of the lessons learned can pertain to older audiences, the fighting for gold and glory could very well have been true, but Beowulf was made into a childhood story.

Works Cited

Bloom, Harold, ed. "Beowulf." Beowulf, Bloom's Guides. Chelsea House

Publishing, 2008. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 29 Sept. 2014


Bloom, Harold, ed. "Background to Beowulf." Beowulf, Bloom's Guides. Chelsea House Publishing, 2008. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 29 Sept.