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Beowulf: The Anglo-Saxon World of Beowulf

A guide to finding more information about the origins and composition of the epic poem Beowulf

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The Ancient Scandinavian World

This map shows the different peoples and territories of ancient Scandanavia.  The Geats, Beowulf's people, lived on what is now the tip of modern-day Sweden (designated by the dragon on this map). In the epic, our hero Beowulf journeys to the Danish King Hrothgar's palace (Heorot, shown within the circle on the map) to defeat the monster Grendel who has plagued the hall.


Blackmer, Kate. “Beowulf's World”. 2011. Web. 30 Nov 2012. http://www.blackmermaps.com/portfolio.htm

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Anglo-Saxon Migration

This map traces the migration of peoples to England from the Germanic regions and lower Scandinavia.  With the crumbling of the Roman Empire, its armies were withdrawn from England in the early 400s. This gave the Germanic tribes the opportunity to move into the British territory that they had deserted. The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes settled there and were able to set up societies of their own, ruling themselves as they wished for about six hundred years. They brought with them their languages, social customs, and rich traditions of history and folklore--among which was the tale of Beowulf.


"Migration Routes and Raids, A.D. 400-600." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, Nov. 2011.
       Web. 25 Jan. 2013. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/11/gold-hoard/timeline.

Materials in our Library

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