The Early Days of England

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The Early Days of England. Too many ideas, too little land. The Pagans. Mostly farmers Included Celts, Gaels, Britons These people were from Ireland, Wales, and England They worshipped Pagan gods - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>The Early Days of EnglandToo many ideas, too little land</p></li><li><p>The PagansMostly farmers Included Celts, Gaels, BritonsThese people were from Ireland, Wales, and EnglandThey worshipped Pagan gods Druids spent their time performing rituals, sacrifices, and memorizing long, mythical poems to preserve ideas of the pastThey were the only people that could read and write during this time</p></li><li><p>The Pagans</p><p>Stonehenge is a great example of some of the secret druid rituals. Nobody really knows what a henge is today.Click here for a few theories</p></li><li><p>Roman ConquestThe Romans conquered the region and ruled it for over 300 yearsRomans pushed Christianity on them, but in an interesting wayAfter a time, the Romans left England to defend RomeA new group of Pagans called the Anglo Saxons then made their move on England</p></li><li><p>The Anglo SaxonsA barbaric, Germanic style peopleScared the Christian Celts into fleeing with their religionRuled England for many years</p></li><li><p>A Time of TroubleWith the Gaels, Celts, Britons, and Anglo Saxons all in one area there was lots of fightingChristians were able to further their own cause by helping to keep the peaceEventually, the area known as Briton became Christian once again.</p></li><li><p>Where Does Beowulf Fit In???Beowulf was originally an oral poemStarted by the druidsOriginally told in Old EnglishNot written down until after Christianity took a foothold in EnglandPagan and Christian Elements</p></li><li><p>An Old English Sample im a Scyld gewat to gescphwile felahror feran on frean wre. Hi hyne a tbron to brimes faroe, swse gesias, swa he selfa bd, enden wordum weold wine Scyldinga; leof landfruma lange ahte. </p></li><li><p>Epic Hero StyleLONG!!!! So long that it cant be done in one sitting (Orally, remember)Tale of the tribeTheres a cycle</p></li><li><p>The Epic Hero CycleA changeA testVarious mythical, human, or animal helpersMain antagonist, usually supernaturalMagical unreal world that the hero can visit but normal humans cannotAn escape from the questResurrectionRestoration</p></li><li><p>What modern stories also fit this pattern? There are a few.A changeA testVarious mythical, human, or animal helpersMain antagonist, usually supernaturalMagical unreal world that the hero can visit but normal humans cannotAn escape from the questResurrectionRestoration</p></li><li><p>Modern Epic Hero CyclesClick on Obi Wan and Aragorn to find information on how these stories fulfill the epic hero cycle</p></li><li><p>Guide for StudyHow do the Pagan and Christian elements play off of each other?What can we tell about Anglo Saxon culture from their ideas of heroes?What elements in the text suggest that Beowulf was once an oral poem?How does imagery evoke feelings of good and evil in Beowulf?</p></li><li><p>Coincidence or Planned??Back</p></li></ul>