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Beowulf is one of the oldest and great poems written in old English. It was composed about twelve hundred years ago, in the first half of the eighth century. The author is unknown he may have been a native of what was then Mercia, the Midlands of England today. although the late tenth-century manuscript, which alone preserves the poem, originated in the south in the kingdom of the West Saxons" (Abrams 21). In 1731 the original manuscript was seriously damaged in the fire. As a result some lines were deteriorated and lost from the poem.Bibliography



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Decoration on the bowl




The lid of a purse

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Wooden bottle


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Copper bowl




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Abrams, M.H. "Beowulf." The Norton Anthology: English Literature. 6th ed. New York: W W Norton & Company, 1993. 21.