Anglo-saxon mythology refers to the migration period germanic paganism practiced by the english peoples in 5th to 7th century england before switching to christian mythology in later centuries origins and history the anglo-saxons, composed of other gods and heroes hengest and horsa. The second important trait of anglo-saxon literature is christian ideals in adapting to christianity, the anglo-saxons also fit their literary heroes to the new religion.
Anglo-saxon heroic values are revenge and boastfulness one of the most famous anglo-saxon poems is beowulf, which was written in the century the character beowulf is a great example of an anglo-saxon hero in british literature.
The anglo-saxon hero possessed many traits which heroes today possess they were strong, intelligent, tactful, courageous, and willing to sacrifice all for glory and their people the heroic traits of the literary characters in beowulf , the wanderer, dream of the rood, and the 13th warrior both define and set the standard for the anglo. Anglo-saxon epic heroes, such as beowulf, exhibit a series of attributes that separate them from the normal men and women who rely on them to liberate them from the oppression of monsters and other threats by understanding the qualities that make beowulf a hero, you can then better understand how other anglo-saxon. Anglo-saxon paganism, sometimes termed anglo-saxon heathenism, anglo-saxon pre-christian religion, or anglo-saxon traditional religion, refers to the religious beliefs and practices followed by the anglo-saxons between the 5th and 8th centuries ad, during the initial period of early medieval england.
Anglo-saxon literature is literature expressed orally during the anglo-saxon period of britain, from the 5th century to the norman conquest during the anglo-saxon era, warriors were to follow a strict code of heroic behavior emphasizing bravery, loyalty, and vengeance. Most scholars of anglo-saxon heroic story think of that literature as embodying conventional virtures (generosity, bravery, boasting), obligations (to kin and lord) and conflicts of loyalty the heroic age issue 3 and codes of conduct meet, the maldon poet glances with longing eyes at a vanished world where heroes could act like.
The heroic significance of christ in the dream of the rood incorporating traditional anglo saxon beliefs of heroism with the image of christ on the cross allows the poet of the dream of the rood to effectively communicate the benefits of christianity to pagan warriors. Introduction to anglo-saxon heroes the manuscript culture of the anglo-saxon era marks the first momentous developments within heroic texts the shift from orality to literacy is one of the most imperative progressions in textual transmission history.