Although beowulf is a pagan myth, most believe it was originally written down by a christian monk who incorporated several christian elements into the dialogue and plot most importantly, at the end of the story, beowulf, like christ, gives up his own life to save others however, there are several other references to god and christianity. The beowulf story has its roots in a pagan saxon past, but by the time the epic was written down, almost all anglo-saxons had converted to christianity as a result, the beowulf poet is at pains to resolve his christian beliefs with the often quite un-christian behavior of his characters this tension leads to frequent asides about god, hell, and heaven—and to many allusions to the old testament throughout the work. Many scholars believe this combination of faith occured because the epic was spread orally before being recorded, and the christian influence within it frew as more people adopted the religion christianity spreads: norse gods are replaced by god almighty work cited: beowulf religion: quotes shmoopshmoop university inc 2014page 2 web 14 feb 2014.
We used seamus heaney's beowulf: a new verse translation, published in 2000 by farrar, straus, and giroux quote #1 afterwards a boy-child was sent to shield, a cub in the yard, a comfort sent by god to that nation. The beginning of beowulf starts out with heavy amounts of christian influence and little amounts of pagan influence the battle of religions begins around the middle of the story when beowulf battles grendel's mother the end of the religious war comes at the battle with the dragon when paganism seems to have won and leaves beowulf to die. It is during those battles that one can see the link between beowulf and the creation and destruction story many religions have similar stories in norse religion it pertains to the tales of odin, thor, ymir the frost-giant, and other gods.
Throughout the story, the author demonstrates the importance of religion through the representation of beowulf and his actions with god, as well as his roles in both the christian ideology and paganism. Religion in beowulf: theories unsurprisingly, given the historical circumstances of its creation, beowulf's treatment of religion is anything but straightforward the scholarship on religion in beowulf has tended towards extremes, whether interpreting the work as a christian allegory or an elemental expression of pagan belief there are inconsistencies and ambiguities in the poem, however, that cannot be easily resolved. Natasha cribbs dr sunni thibodeau world literature to 1650 27 march 2013 norse mythology and christianity in beowulf beowulf is an epic that many people have read it is taught in classes and read for fun one of the interesting aspects of beowulf is the religion that is involved unlike many stories, beowulf does. The role of religion during beowulf & grendel's time the narrator adamantly believes beowulf would have been pagan, but still suggests that beowulf's trust in god easily translates into a christian context religion in beowulf is often deconstructed in grendel and vice versa.
Throughout the story of beowulf, one finds many elements of christian philosophy: that man survives only through the protection of god, that all earthly gifts flow from god, and that the proper bearing of man is to be humble and unselfish however, there is also a strong sense of heroic pride within beowulf which is at times in direct conflict with these christian values. Religion in beowulf: theories unsurprisingly, given the historical circumstances of its creation, beowulf 's treatment of religion is anything but straightforward the scholarship on religion in beowulf has tended towards extremes, whether interpreting the work as a christian allegory or an elemental expression of pagan belief.
Beowulf is protected by god in this section however he has come to save the danes, not seek revenge upon grendel christianity does not believe in revenge this section of the text was the beginning of the religious battle inside of the monk this struggle becomes more evident as the story goes on.
Grendel's demonic nature is rubbed the wrong way by a bard's recitation of the story of creation notice that this description of the creation of the world is an unusual mishmash of pagan and christian imagery, reminding us of the complex religious background of the poem – told by christians, but about pagans. David (kwang min) kim dr hadley history 101 – spring 2013 10 april 2013 religion in beowulf throughout the story of beowulf, the concept of religion plays a significant role the christianity ideology views state that man can survive and do great things through the protection of god a strong desire of pride is also.
The narrator adamantly believes beowulf would have been pagan, but still suggests that beowulf's trust in god easily translates into a christian context christianity the many references to god on pages 28-31 of the beowulf poem reflect christian beliefs as opposed to pagan ones. The author was an anonymous anglo-saxon poet, referred to by scholars as the beowulf author the story is set in scandinavia beowulf, a hero of the geats, comes to the aid of hrothgar, the king of the danes, whose mead hall in heorot has been under attack by a monster known as grendel.