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1

What does druids mean

The priestly class who ensured that stories passed on

2

What was the group of people in Ireland

Gaels

3

What was the group of people in northern Britain

Picts

4

What was the group of people in southern Britain

Britons

5

What did Roman armies introduce to British isles

Roads and architecture, military influence, Roman culture , Latin

6

What were the anglo saxons

Seafarers, nomad , violent warriors ,pagans

7

What does heptarchy mean

7 kingdoms that the Germanic tribes divided Britain into

8

What does wyrd mean

Fate - whatever is desired to happen happens

9

What year did Anglo Saxon invasion begin

449 AD

10

What did Saint Augustine do

Established monastery at Canterbury in Kent

11

What is the other name for Danes

Vikings

12

What is the order of events of the invasions on the original British isles

Roman armies, Anglo Saxons , Danish invasions

13

What is Julius Caesar known for

First recorded contact with British isles

14

who is the beowulf poet

guy who learned old english and translated it into present day english
most likely a man, educated, familiar w christianity

15

where does beowulf take place

herot, denmark

16

what is beowulf

swedish, part of tribe of the geats

17

what is caesuras

a pause in the middle of a line of anglo saxon poetry, story is originally told out loud so there's pauses, in writing there is punctuation in the midlde of a line

18

what is a kenning

a noun phrase that replaces a concrete noun in a sentence by remaing that noun phrase in a more poetic way

19

what does in medias res mean

in the middle of things. the story behins in the middle of things

20

what is an epic

a long narrative poem written in an elevated styel

21

what are the characteristics of an epic

1) epic hero on a uqest
2) supernatural forces
3) valarous deeds
4) elevated style

22

explain epic hero on a quest

hero = central character, goes on a journey that involves 1+ nations. noble

23

explain supernatural forces

dieties watch over hero and monster

24

explain valorous deeds

acts that reveal hero's extraordinary qualities, reflect culture cherished values

25

explain elevated styel

word choice that hightens importanec of events

26

what does comititaus mean

commitment between the king and the warrior that has pledged allegiance to the King

26

what is a mead hall

the anglo saxon equivalent to a bar, people gathered there

27

what 3 languages influence old english

latin, german, celtic

28

what is beowulf's motive to fight grendel

repaying Hrothgar for sparing his father Edgetho's life, fame and glory

29

what is beowulf's motive to fight grendel's mother

honor to hrothgar