The Heroic Age

A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe

Founded 1998   |   ISSN 1526-1867

Issue 17 (2017)

Issue 17: 2017

General Articles

Her Own Hall: Grendel's Mother as King

M. Wendy Hennequin, Tennessee State University

Abstract: This paper proposes that Grendel's mother is represented as a king through idiomatic constructions and her possession of a hall, heirloom sword, and treasure. Her representation as kingly serves plot progression, gives Beowulf a high-status enemy, and explains Grendel's mother's "unqueenly" behavior.

Published 19-Apr-2017


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The Forum

DNA-Tracking (and Appreciating) the 'Norse' Patrilinear Ancestry of King Somerled, Manx-Hebridean Viking and Famous Forefather of Scottish Clans

James J Scofield Johnson

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Year in Archaeology

John Soderberg, University of Minnesota

Published 19-Apr-2017

Continental Business

Michel Aaij, Auburn University Montgomery



Recent Scholarship

Bintley, Michael D. J. and Thomas J. T. Williams. Representing Beasts in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia. Reviewed by Timothy Bourns.

Published 14-Jun-2017

Home, Malasree. The Peterborough Version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Rewriting Post-Conquest History. Reviewed by Janne Skaffari.

Published 14-Jun-2017

Kears, Carl and James Paz. >Medieval Science Fiction. Reviewed by Melissa Ridley Elmes.

Martin, Toby F. The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England. Reviewed by Penelope Walton Rogers.

Published 19-Apr-2017

Pinner, Rebecca. The Cult of St. Edmund in Medieval East Anglia. Reviewed by Jennifer Sisk.

Published 19-Apr-2017

Kears, Carl, and James Paz, eds. Medieval Science Fiction. Reviewed by Melissa Ridley Elmes.

Published 11-Sep-2017

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