Beowulf

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old English Bēowulf.

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Beowulf

  1. (poetic) An Anglo-Saxon personal name, usually with reference to the hero of an Old English epic poem, or to the poem itself.

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain, perhaps from bēo ‘bee’ + ƿulf ‘wolf’, i.e. ‘bee-hunter’, used as a kenning for ‘bear’ or ‘woodpecker’.[1][2][3][4] Compare also Beadowulf (Bēowulf).

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Bēowulf m

  1. (poetic) Beowulf

References[edit]

  1. ^ Traditions, Superstitions, and Folklore, (chiefly Lancashire and the North of England: ) Their Affinity to Others in Widely-distributed Localities; Their Eastern Origin and Mythical Significance by Charles Hardwick, 1872.
  2. ^ Curiosities of Indo-European Tradition and Folk-lore by Walter Keating Kelly, 1863.
  3. ^ The Saxons in England: A History of the English Commonwealth Till the Period of the Norman Conquest by John Mitchell Kemble, 1849.
  4. ^ Others, [1][2]