Beowulf Essay | Supernatural in Beowulf and the Tain (the Cattle Raid of Cooley)

Gareth Hinds
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Supernatural in Beowulf and the Tain (the Cattle Raid of Cooley)

Summary: Throughout both Beowulf and the Tain, the authors make use of supernatural elements. Whether to enhance the characters or give power to the story, the use of the supernatural pushes these works into the spectrum of epic tales. Without his monsters, Beowulf would not have had the chance to be a great hero. If Cuchulainn did not possess those amazing powers, Medb's army would have certainly defeated him early on.
Both Beowulf and the Tain have many supernatural and magical elements. The characters posses supernatural powers, must battle with supernatural creatures, and many events are of mythical proportions. When comparing the supernatural elements in Beowulf and the Tain, there are many similarities and differences to be found. The main similarity is that both heroes possess supernatural powers. Although, the people in the Tain are deeply entrenched in supernatural and magical aspects, it is part of their every day life with prophesies, amazing births, and superhuman feats. In Beowulf, the supernatural aspects are mostly focused on the monsters that Beowulf must fight.

The Tain is literally wrought with supernatural and magical events. The characters frequently perform supernatural feats, and magical undercurrents surround many events.

One character whose supernatural abilities make up the bulk of the Tain is Cuchulainn. His father...

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