The Irish Analogues to Beowulf

@article{Scowcroft1999TheIA,
  title={The Irish Analogues to Beowulf},
  author={Richard Scowcroft},
  journal={Speculum},
  year={1999},
  volume={74},
  pages={22 - 64}
}
Though scholarly consensus has long associated Beowulf with the Bear's Son folk tradition (Aarne-Thompson 301), many have felt that the Grendel episode comes closer to an Irish folktale called "the Hand and the Child."1 Wilhelm Grimm first noticed the similarities between the episode and Irish narratives in which a hero defends a hall against a monstrous attacker, and variants of the folktale were adduced as analogues a century ago by Ludwig Laistner, Stopford Brooke, and Albert Stanborough… 
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