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A British poem set in Scandinavia?

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How is it possible that an Anglo-Saxon poem takes place in Geatland and Denmark?

A

The Anglo-Saxon scops wanted the poem to be set in a faraway land to create a sense of drama.

B

The Anglos, Saxons and Jutes were not native to Britain but to Scandinavia and northern Germany. It's likely a migrating tribe brought the poem with them.

C

Christian listeners preferred pagan characters to be foreigners and not Anglo-Saxons.

D

The poem was originally set in Britain, but monks of Scandinavian descent changed the place names when they transcribed the poem.

E

British monks proselytizing in Scandinavia heard the poem and then wrote it down when they returned home.