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LC control no.n 79018834
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Uniform title headingBeowulf
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Aldfrith, King of Northumbria, -705. Beowulf
Form of workEpic poetry Narrative poetry
Beginning date07uu/1100
Place of originEngland
Found inAldfrith's Beowulf, 1995: p. 11 ("The authorship of the Beowulf cannot be proven, but John Marsden in his Northanhymbre Saga, reports a proposal by an American professor Albert S. Cook that it was commissioned by King Aldfrith of Northumbria, 685-705 AD ... John Marsden ... was able to suggest King Aldfrith himself as the author of the poem. A very great discovery indeed and one which I respectfully accept.")
Wikipedia, July 21, 2014 (Beowulf is the conventional title of an Old English epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, the oldest surviving epic poem of Old English and thus commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature, and also arguably the earliest vernacular English literature; The full poem survives in the manuscript known as the Nowell Codex, located in the British Library. Written in England, its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet is dated between the 8th and the early 11th century; Genre: Narrative heroic poetry; Verse form: Alliterative verse)
British Library online gallery, July 21, 2014: Online exhibitions > English literature > Beowulf (Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest. More than 3,000 lines long, Beowulf relates the exploits of its eponymous hero, and his successive battles with a monster, named Grendel, with Grendel's revengeful mother, and with a dragon which was guarding a hoard of treasure; Nobody knows for certain when the poem was first composed. Beowulf is set in the pagan world of sixth-century Scandinavia, but it also contains echoes of Christian tradition. The poem must have been passed down orally over many generations, and modified by each successive bard, until the existing copy was made at an unknown location in Anglo-Saxon England; Beowulf survives in a single medieval manuscript, housed at the British Library in London. The manuscript bears no date, and so its age has to be calculated by analysing the scribes' handwriting. Some scholars have suggested that the manuscript was made at the end of the 10th century, others in the early decades of the eleventh, perhaps as late as the reign of King Cnut, who ruled England from 1016 until 1035. The most likely time for Beowulf to have been copied is the early 11th century, which makes the manuscript approximately 1,000 years old.)
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