Anglo Saxon Literature Introduction to British Literature 1

Look for: Connections, links, and clues between and about characters. Ask yourself what the function and significance of each character is. Make this determination based upon the character's history, what the reader is told (and not told), and what other characters say about themselves and others.

Beowulf is brave and courageous and does what it takes to protect his people from danger.

450-500 CE, the Roman soldiers left, leaving the now-softened Celticpeople. This left the natives open to attacks from the neighboring Picts(from what is today Scotland) and Jutes (a Germanic tribe). The Celts called for help from the Angles and Saxons, tribes fromthe area that is the modern Germany - Denmark area. The Anglesand Saxons saved the Celts, but then turned against them and settledin England, becoming the Anglo-Saxons who lived in Angle-Land (-- England). These Anglo-Saxons were brave, rude, reckless, adventurous and barbaric. They did not have much of a written culture, but they brought with thema rich folk-lore tradition, with long epics recited by scops, the poetsof the clan. These recitations, the earliest English Literature,was finally written down by Christian monks in the 10th and 11th centuries. Religion:
There were a number of qualities found in Anglo-Saxon poetry:


That means that they both lived during the same time period

literature written in English since c.1450 by the inhabitants of the British ..

Achilles - The hero of Homer's "The Iliad." This legendary male dog is known all over the neighborhood for his bravery.
Aesop - An ancient Greek author of fables. This dog enjoys telling stories.
Ajax - - A hero of the Trojan War.
Aladdin - "Your wish is my command."
Ali Baba - A poor woodcutter in the Arabian Nights story. He finds treasure hidden in a cave by 40 thieves.
Anubis - An ancient Egyptian god with the head of a jackal. His responsibility was to judge a man's deeds after death.
Apollo - - The god of the sun. This boy dog is very powerful indeed.
Ares - - The god of war. This dog was built for battle.
Argus - - The giant with a hundred eyes. A wonderful name for your very-large guard dog.
Atlas - - A giant who supported the heavens on his shoulders. Another good pet name for the large breed of dog.
Bacchus - - The god of wine and good times. Also called Dionysus. This dog will never spoil your good time.
Blake - William Blake was a great English poet who died in 1827. Among his most famous works are "Songs of Innocence" and "Jerusalem."
Bluto - "I have more than just a good pair of forearms."
Boreas - - The north wind god.
Brutus - An exceptionally large dog who stands his ground.
Casper - "The backyard is my favorite haunt."
Charon - - The boat pilot who escorted dead souls across the river Styx to Hades. A good name for any water-loving dog.
Chaucer - The famous English author of "The Canterbury Tales."
Clifford - The small red dog that grew into a GIANT red dog.
Cyclops - - The giant with one eye.
Dagan - The Babylonian god of the earth. This dog loves the outdoors.
Damocles - The legendary courtier in Syracuse who was given a lesson in the dangers of being a king.
Dante - A great Italian poet of the Middle Ages. He wrote "The Divine Comedy."
Dickens - A famous English novelist who lived during the 1800's. He wrote "A Tale of Two Cities," "Oliver Twist," "A Christmas Carol," and many other great works.
Dionysus - - The god of wine and good times. Also called Bacchus.
Dodger - "I am often artful."
Dumbo - "I believe I can fly, these big ears have gotta be good for something."
Ebenezer - A real sour-puss of a dog.
Emerson - "I prefer to sit in the corner pondering."
Erebus - - A son of Chaos. He ruled the dark kingdom under the earth, through which souls passed on their way to Hades.
Eros - - The god of love. This dog couldn't be more romantic.
Fable - "I enjoy a good story as much as the next dog."
Falstaff - A comical knight who appears in many Shakespearean plays. This pet will keep you in stitches.
Faust - A magician who, according to legend, sold his soul to the devil.
Hades - - The home of the dead.
Hamlet - The tragic Shakespearean hero.
Helicon - A mountain region in Greece that was the mythological home of the muses.
Helios - - The sun god. This dog doesn't much care for clouds.
Hemingway - "I enjoy telling stories to the neighborhood dogs."
Hercules - "I often astound you with my feats of canine strength."
Hermes - - The messenger god.
Homer - The legendary Greek author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey."
Hugo - Victor Hugo was a famous French novelist who wrote "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," among other works.
Hydra - - A serpent with 9 heads. When 1 head was cut off, 2 more grew back in its place. Hercules finally killed Hydra.
Iago - The crafty and evil villain of Shakespeare's "Othello." This dog is always scheming.
Icarus - The Greek mythological son of Daedalus. Daedalus fashioned wings for he and his son. Icarus flew too high and the sun melted the wax holding his wings together. He fell to his death.
Ichor - - The fluid that flowed through the gods veins.
Igor - This dog sometimes likes to eat insects and will assist you in any of your undertakings.
Incubus - An evil spirit thought to attach itself to sleeping victims.
Indra - The early Hindu god of rain and thunder. This dog gets excited during a storm.
Janus - - The god of portals and beginnings and endings. This dog represents a new chapter in your life.
Jason -"Sailing is my passion."
Jove - Another name for Jupiter.
Jupiter - The Roman god of gods. This dog is second to none.
Kempis - Thomas A Kempis was a Christian author of the middle-ages. He wrote one of the most famous devotional books ever - "The Imitation of Christ."
Lex - "I will get that so-called Super Dog, you'll see."
Loki - - The god who loved to cause trouble. A fantastic name for any mischievous dog.


Macbeth - The tragic title character of the famous Shakespearean play.
Marduk - - A major god.
Mars - - The god of war. This dog loves a good fight.
Mercury - - The messenger of the gods.
Midas - Everything this dog touches, turns to gold.
Moby - This dog has some characteristic that is humongous.
Morpheus - - The god of dreams. This boy dog loves to take naps.
Narcissus - - The youth who was in love with his own reflection.
Nemo - The captain in the famous Jules Verne novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." A great name for your water-loving dog.
Neptune - - The sea god. Another fantastic name for your water loving dog.
Nestor - - A great warrior and wise counselor.
Oberon - The mythical king of the fairies. A wonderful name for any toy-breed of dog.
Odin - - The king of the gods.
Odysseus - The main character and hero of the Greek epic story "The Odyssey."
Odyssey - Written by the Greek poet Homer. This adventure epic ranks as the most influential work of ancient Greek literature.
Oliver - A great name for the orphan dog that you adopted from the pound.
Olympus - - The home of the gods.
Orion - - A mighty hunter. This dog can sniff out any prey.
Orpheus - - A musician who played the lyre. Even rivers stopped flowing to listen to his beautiful playing.
Osiris - - The husband of Isis. He was the chief god of the underworld.
Othello - Title character of the Shakespearean tragedy. He kills his wife out of false jealousy.
Pan - - The god of forests, woods, meadows, flocks and herds.
Pauper - "I rely on my master's constant charity to survive."
Perseus - - A son of Zeus. He cut off the head of the Gorgon Medusa.
Plato - Ancient Greek writer and philosopher. One of the most influential thinkers of western civilization.
Pokey - "I take my time getting from point A to point B."
Pollux - - The twin of Castor.
Pooh - An animated little teddy bear of a dog.
Popeye - "I's onlys cooks wis Olives Oyls."
Poseidon - The god of the sea. You've never met a dog that loves water more than he does.
Priam - - The last king of Troy.
Riddler - "I like to watch you scratch your head in disbelief."
Riki-Tiki-Tavi - "I'll be glad to kill that cobra out in the yard."
Romeo - "I'm the most romantic dog you've ever owned."
Saturn - - The god of the harvest. A good name for the boy dog that lives on a farm.
Satyr - - The gods of the forests and woods.
Shakespeare - "My imagination knows no boundaries."
Sherlock - Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous fictional detectives ever created.
Sherwood - This forest was the headquarters of the fictional Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves.
Snoopy - "Grown-ups speak gibberish."
Sol - - The sun god. This boy dog loves to sun-bathe.
Tantalus - - A king who was punished and sent to the Lower world. He was constantly teased with water and fruit which were kept just out of his reach.
Tarzan - "I'm the king of this jungle that you call a house."
Theseus - - A great king of ancient Athens.
Thor - - The god of thunder. This boy dog has a great booming bark.
Titan - - A giant. A wonderful name for any large breed of dog.
Tolstoy - The famous Russian writer. His best known works are "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina." Your Siberian Husky dog would adore this name.
Toto - This dog likes to pull stuffing out of scarecrows.
Triton - - A sea god who was part man and part fish. Another super name for you water-loving dog.
Twain - Mark Twain was the pen-name of the great American author - Samuel Clemens. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Prince and the Pauper" are among his best-known works.
Uranus - Early - The god of the heavens.
Virgil - A great poet of ancient Rome. "The Aenid" was his most famous work.
Vulcan - - The god of fire.
Walt - This dog is happiest while pondering leaves of grass.
Wilbur - The pig in "Charlotte's Web." A great name for the dog that resembles a pig.
Woden - - The chief god.
Zane - Zane Grey was a popular American author who wrote stories about the wild west.
Zeus - - The chief god. No one questions this dog's authority.