was stressing the evil twin aspect to make a statement about human beings: how we have a monstrous side, how at times it is truly difficult to tell monster from human, and at times so much easier because the humans. Grendels mother had held her lair for hund missera (1498)a hundred seasons, or fifty years, if we allow two seasons (summer and winter) to make a yearand of course Beowulf rules fiftig wintra (2209). Basic Readings in Anglo-Saxon England. This Geatish woman could be simply referred to as Beowulfs mother. Much can be seen about the ideal characteristics of a man by looking at the role of women in this story. I think the poet was intentionally exploiting the grammatical flexibility and ambiguity of his language to underscore subtly the point that at times we cannot distinguish between man and monster. The greater, more threatening force in the poem is people.
Monsters in Beowulf
Elements of the Marvellous in the Characterization of Beowulf: A Reconsideration of the Textual Evidence. Proceedings of the British Academy 22 (1936 245-95. Star Trek, I can remember having fun counting up how many times the show tapped into the evil twin motif. (Have now and hold this best of houses, think on glory, show your mighty valor, watch for the foe!; 658-60) In preparation for their battle, Beowulf notes that since Grendel for his wonhydum wpna ne recceth (434)that is, does not use weapon, armor, or shieldnor. These two are two sides of the same coin, and the coin is "warrior." In other words, Grendel represents everything a warrior should not be, or functions as the cumulative opposite of all Anglo-Saxon warrior virtues. And Hrothulf, Hrothgars trusted but treacherous kinsman, will seize the throne from his cousin, Hrothgars son. And actually, at line 2592 the word means both monster and hero at the same time, as the plural form aglcean refers to both the dragon and Beowulf: Ns tha long to thon, tht tha aglcean hy eft gemetton (It was not long before the. In the fight between Grendel and Beowulf, confusing pronouns as to who is gripping whose arm suggest a döppleganger effect - a doubling. Has she strayed into the masculine?
Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg. Beowulf ends blood-feuds by war, not marriage. Characters like Wealhtheow and Hygd perform a role thats limited to support.
The Effects of the Poem Beowulf, Religious effects in Beowulf,