Anonymous: The Fight at Finnsburh

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The Fight at Finnsburh, or The Battle of Finnsburh, is also known as The Finnsburh Fragment because the 48 lines of verse begin and end in mid-sentence, and were obviously part of a longer work. Moreover, the incomplete story in the Fragment appears to be a version of the heroic tale told by Hrothgar's court poet in celebration of Beowulf's victory over Grendel at lines 1063-1160a of Beowulf, and there known as The Finnsburh Episode. The Fragment was printed by George Hickes in 1705, but the manuscript leaf containing the text is now lost.

By combining information from the two very different versions, we can piece together the basic story. The Finnsburh of the title is the …

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Cavill, Paul. "The Fight at Finnsburh". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2002
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