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Title: Anglo-Saxon World View and Key Themes


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Anglo-Saxon World View and Key Themes
2
What is World View?
  • How a person/group of people feels about and
    interacts with the world, nature, and God
  • Anglo-Saxon worldview- grim, negative- they lived
    harsh lives full of war and hard work
  • Saw nature as the enemy no concept of happy
    afterlife or loving God

3
WYRD
  • Anglo-Saxon concept of FATE.
  • They believed their lives were ruled by FATE (or
    wyrd).

4
LOF
  • Because the Anglo-Saxons did not believe in an
    afterlife, they sought immortality through a
    concept called LOF (or FAME)

5
COMITATUS
  • Again, because life was so harsh, they made life
    meaningful through relationships with one another
    and the king.
  • Comitatus means COMPANIONSHIP- loyalty and love
    to your kinsmen, friends, and king

6
What made life worth living?
  • LOF (FAME)- for the afterlife
  • COMITATUS (COMPANIONSHIP)- for now
  • MEAD HALL- the king lived in a great hall called
    the mead hall where warriors would gather and
    tell stories and drink mead

7
SCOPS
  • Pronounced SHOPES
  • Storytellers and poets
  • Entertainers

8
Conversion
  • St. Augustine and St. Patrick are two famous
    missionaries who brought Christianity to Great
    Britain.
  • Christianity offered a happy afterlife, a loving
    God, and ideas like forgiveness and hope that
    their religion had not.
  • Celtic Cross Pagan Celtic SundialChristian Cross

9
Make a chart listing the differences in Pagan and
Christian Values
10
Pagan vs. Christian
  • Monsters and supernatural beings
  • Lof (Fame)
  • Warrior- Physical Strength
  • Courage
  • Pride (Heroic Boasts)
  • Revenge (Weregild)
  • Riches/Gold
  • Loyalty
  • Signs, Superstition, Wyrd (fate)
  • Valhalla
  • Sacrifice
  • The Almighty
  • Love
  • Compassion
  • Humility- the meek shall inherit the earth
  • Forgiveness love your enemies
  • Riches are in heaven, not on earth
  • Sacrifice
  • Heaven

11
Characteristics of Writing
  • Kenning- a metaphorical two word compound
  • Caesura- a pause in the middle of a line
  • Alliteration- repetition of initial consonant
    sounds

12
Reasons for these Characteristics
  • Euphony pleasing to the ear it sounds good!!
  • Memory rhythm and repetition help it make things
    easier to remember- the scops had to tell all of
    their stories from memory so caesura and
    alliteration helped
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