Man, Metal and Metaphor: Metal in Early Medieval Warrior Culture and in Beowulf
In the Iron Age culture of 500 AD, man made the metals. And metals also made the man. The importance of metallurgy to the early medieval Germanic culture of Northwestern Europe is captured in the old English poem Beowulf about a warrior culture in which the very fabric of society is woven in mail.
Walsh, Susan. "Man, Metal and Metaphor: Metal in Early Medieval Warrior Culture and in Beowulf" Oakland Journal 21 (2011). 96-116
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