Friday, 24 June 2016
The High King Bjovulf
"'On the shores of Lake Vener dwell the West Gotar, who pay scot to the High King Bjovulf.'"
"'...they do say Bjovulf is a good overlord.'"
"When Bjovulf later fell in strife against a dragon, trouble broke forth among the Gotar."
Do we realize what is happening here? We have read of Bjovulf earlier in the Saga. He:
killed the monster Grendel that had terrorized the hall of Hrolf's uncle, Hroar;
killed Grendel's mother who "...came in vengeance..." (p. 65);
swam in his byrnie to the Gota ships after their king had fallen in battle (p. 75);
refused the kingship but guided the kingdom;
however, later did become king;
with Hroar's help, established Adhils as king in Svithjodh -
- and now has died fighting a dragon.
summarizes Bjovulf's/Beowulf's exploits as recounted in Beowulf;
tells us of additional events that happened between Grendel's mother and the dragon.
Thus, an effective crossover and parallel text.