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CHAPTER I
FIFTH TO ELEVENTH CENTURIES - EARLY ENGLISH PERIOD

When the feasting is ended, he strikes a heavy chord on his harp and begins his song with " Hwaet !" that is, " Lo ! " or " Listen ! "
Growth of the Epic.-Beowulf. These songs chanted by the scops were composed many years before they were written, and probably no two singers ever sang them exactly alike. One scop would sing some exploit of a hero ; another would sing it differently, and perhaps add a second exploit greater than the first. Little by little the poem grew longer. Little by little it became more united. The heroic deeds grew more and more marvellous, they became achievements that affected the welfare of a whole people ; the poem had a hero, a beginning, and an end. The simple tale of a single adventure had become an epic. After a while it was written ; and a manuscript of one of these old epics has come down to us, though after passing through the perils of fire, and is now in the British Museum. It is called Beowulf because it is the story of the exploits of a hero of that name. The scene is apparently laid in Denmark and southern Sweden in the early parts of the sixth century, and it is probable that bits of the poem were chanted at feasts long before the work as we now know it was brought to England. The story of the poem is as follows :

Hrothgar, king of the Danes, built a more beautiful hall than men had ever heard of before. There he and his thegns enjoyed music and feasting, and divided the treasures that they had won in many a hard-fought battle. They were very happy together; but down in the marshes by the ocean was a monster named Grendel, who envied them and hated them. One night, when the thegns were sleeping, he came
up stealthily through the mists and the darkness and dragged away thirty of the men and devoured them.

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