Scyld and Scef is the first comprehensive study of these heroic figures of Germanic legend, featured in much of the literature of the Middle Ages, including Beowulf, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Edda. The authors argue that this duo represent a way that medieval Germanic peoples defined themselves in their literature. Divided into two sections, this volume explores the specific cultures from which Scyld and Scef rose and the forty-one manuscripts in which they appear.

part Part 1|87 pages


chapter Chapter 1|11 pages


Why Scyld and Scef?

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Scyld and Scef in Anglo-Saxon Poetry

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

Scyld and Scef in Icelandic Sources

Scyld, Son of Odin

chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

Scyld and Scef in Danish Sources

Scyld, Descendant of Dan

chapter Chapter 7|7 pages


part Part II|69 pages

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