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With] the possibility of prejudice, misinterpretation, or deliberate editing when non-Christian beliefs are being dealt with . ”17 The rare source like Beowulf allows what may be realistic 15 Velleius Paterculus Compendium of Roman History and Res Gestae Divi Augusti, trans. F. W. Shipley (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1961), 22. “In my own name, or that of my sons or grandsons, on twenty-six occasions I gave to the people, in the circus, in the forum, or in the amphitheatre, hunts of African wild beasts, in which about three thousand five hundred beasts were slain” (383).

M. Larson (New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc. and the American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1917), XII; Konungs Skuggsjá, ed. L. Holm-Olsen (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1970). 54 This knowledge allowed fishermen to determine which whales were good prey and thus observant fishermen could become whalers. The two categories of whales of the medieval seas, the monstrous and the mundane, were not seen as incompatible. The same whales that were resources could also have a touch of the monstrous, simultaneously creatures to fear and desire.

G. C. Coulton, Five Centuries of Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1923), 179. 28 Citty, cited in Sorrell, 16. 29 Both the Life of Anthony and the Life of Hilarion offer numerous examples of challenges, temptations, and threats made to the saints by various creatures of the deserts. An old man in the Life of Hilarion explains that “in order to harm people the devil also enters into animals. . ” Jerome, “Life of Hilarion,” in Early Christian Lives, ed. and trans. C. White (New York: Penguin Books, 1998), 104.

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