Fact of Fiction?


The Angles and the Saxons went to Britain and later become one group, the Anglo-Saxons.

The Clergy wrote down the story, so there are lots of Christian influence in the story, even though it is a pagan story.

Kind Alfred was a very influential king during the Anglo-Saxon period. He had roads built and won battles for the British people.

There are still many different parts of the Anglo-Saxon culture that are seen in today's society, such as the laws and names of the days.

The people during the Anglo-Saxon period had a different set of morals than the people today. These morals included personal valor and the want to have glory and fame.

Background of Beowulf

Beowulf is an epic poem, which is a really long story about a hero, and is about 3000 lines long.

There are Christian references in the story as well as magic and monsters because of a mix of pagan and Christian influences to the story over a long time.

Beowulf is royalty, this makes him important because people had to respect him and also they knew about him.

Archeological Finds

There were four archaeological finds on the Sutton Hoo website. Among these was a large boat, an old cemetery, and the body of a young ruler. The finds ranged from 1935-2000 and were very significant in the study of the Anglo-Saxon culture.

Factual Connection

Beowulf was royalty, his uncle was the king. This made him important and gave him glory. He wanted more glory so he went and fought Grendel for the Danes.


I think that Beowulf was really influenced by the culture of the Anglo-Saxons. It was because of the culture that Beowulf had so many of the important heroic qualities. The archaeological finds were interesting, and people learned a lot about the culture of that time because of them. The Christian influence got into Beowulf because of the clergy, but I feel like the influence was important in relating to the audience of the time as well.

Works Cited

Seamus Haney. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2000. Web.

Oren Falk. A Dark Age Peter Principle: Beowulf’s incompetence threshold Early Medieval Europe 2-25