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Initial post: May 21, 2012 4:04:31 PM PDT
I want to write my paper on "Comitatus in Medeival literature" but i have no idea how to go about it. Questions that i can target are; how comitatus is portrayed in medeival literature, how its valued above all other relationship/bonds, and perhaps how the it seems like the greatest honor to die besides one's lord?

I am so burnt out and i dont know what else to do. Does anybody have any other ideas or questions that i can tackle in this paper?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:15:10 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 6:34:32 PM PDT
R. Largess says:
SW - You have a great topic for your paper, and there is plenty on it. First, find the Old English poem "The Battle of Maldon". It's ALL about comitatus. Also, a paper by JRR Tolkien called "Beowulf; the Monsters and the Critics" will be useful. Don't give up or crack up. How long till the paper is due?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 6:38:36 PM PDT
R. Largess says:
Also, "Beowulf" is very much about the comitatus. Have you read any of it? Most people only read about the monster-fights.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 6:43:05 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 6:47:03 PM PDT
Yeah, I've read all three of them. I am feel like im coming up against a brick wall...It's due tomorrow at 11pm....Also thanks for the Tolkien suggestion!! I'm def going to look that up right now.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 6:47:50 PM PDT
Oh yeah, I'm thinking of writing about Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon and The Wanderer

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:35:50 PM PDT
John M. Lane says:
You could write it from Grendel's point of view, have a little fun with it. Of course, that depends on whether you professor has a sense of humor, or not.

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 4:23:46 AM PDT
R. Largess says:
SW - You don't have much time! How about this? The Battle of Maldon tells about how a group of comitatus warriors die together with their lord (except for one coward) and why. The highest values of the comitatus warrior are courage and loyalty - you fight bravely alongside your lord even if the battle is hopeless. Tolkien talks about this "Northern theory of courage". And in Beowulf, when he goes out to fight the dragon, all his warriors chicken out and can't face it, except Wiglaf. Wiglaf tells the others the duties of the comitatus warrior - which they're not living up to. Then he goes out to fight, and maybe die, with Beowulf.

Posted on May 22, 2012 6:13:42 AM PDT
Largess had some good ideas there, the approach using Tolkien, especially. Hope you could find that in time.
Do you write better under pressure? I used to tell myself that I did. As a matter of fact, I still do. I have a deadline for an article and the clock is ticking. I feel your pain. ;-)

Good luck. Let us know how it went. Okay?

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 9:41:59 AM PDT
I ended up writing the paper last night and i'm just reviewing it right now, but when i actually got down to write about there was a ton of stuff to discuss and i was on such a roll, thanks to you guys!!, that i wrote a very dense paper in less than 3hrs. It turned out to be 7 pages which is great.

Thank you so much!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 9:44:13 AM PDT
Apparently that's the only way i can write, bc when i'm not under pressure my brain likes to take vacation breaks and it takes me forever to even realize what i'm trying to convey.

Thanks to you guys, i got cracking and finished a very dense 7pg paper in less than 3hrs, so now i'm just going to edit.

Thank you!!! And good luck on your article :D

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 10:17:05 AM PDT
R. Largess says:
Well, Savannah, if that's the way your brain works, you gotta go with it! Hope you get an A.

Posted on May 22, 2012 12:14:17 PM PDT
That's great Savannah! I'm glad it worked out for you. Largess is a sweetie to help out that way. Hope you have a good summer!
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