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Beowulf

Beowulf

  

by Unknown

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Biblical References

  • Cain and Abel (99-114, 1260-1268)

Mythological References

  • Sigemund the Dragon-Slayer (Note: in Beowulf, the famous dragon-slayer is called Sigemund, but in Norse mythology Sigemund is just the father of the famous dragon-slayer, who is called Sigurd. If you're curious to know more you can read the Volsung Saga.) (873-914)
  • The Saga of Finn (1062-1158)

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