Mourning Beowulf

Becky Sasso, Will Parr, and Tori Walters

Archetypes seen in mourning beowulf


Loyal Retainers- The Geats “

Rode their horses around the tower,

Telling their sorrow, telling stories

Of their dead king and his greatness, his glory, Praising him for heroic deeds, for a life As noble as his name.” Line (885-889) These individuals are like the noble sidekicks to the hero with a duty to protect the hero. Often the retainer reflects the hero’s nobility. This quote explains how his men were loyal to him after his death and how they are the role of the loyal retainers in Beowulf.



Hero- Beowulf

“Praising him for heroic deeds, for a life As noble as his name.” Line (888-889) This shows that Beowulf played the role of the hero. To be praised after death for heroic deeds and nobility is an extraordinary achievement. Also, it shows how the people loved him dearly and how much Beowulf meant to them as a whole.

Example of alliteration in mourning beowulf

“Raise up words for their lords, warm with love, when their shield and protector leaves his body behind, sends his soul on high.”(889-893) In this sentence, “words for their lords” and “warm with love” represents the example of alliteration. In this case, the alliteration formulates the sentence by word flow and draws attention to the particular adjective used and/or subject/verb involved.


Examples of Kennings used in Mourning Beowulf

Kennings were a major part in Anglo-Saxon literature. In the chapter, Mourning Beowulf, Beowulf had many kennings. King, beloved leader, prince, man, shield, protector, his body are all kennings referring to Beowulf. Beowulf's men, the Geats were also an example of kenning in this particular section. Beowulf's followers were obviously referring to the Geats.