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Godfrid Storms, known as "Frits", was born in Sittard, Netherlands, on 4 May 1911. He was educated at Radboud University Nijmegen where he had Aurelius Pompen as his doctoral adviser, and on 4 June 1948 successfully defended his dissertation.
In 1956 Storms became a Professor of Old and Middle English Literature, also at Radboud University. During his time there he published many articles on the subject, notably The Subjectivity of the Style of Beowulf and Grammatical Expressions of Emotiveness. Other articles also took the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf as a subject, and another the Sutton Hooship-burial discovered in Suffolk in 1939. Among the doctoral students that Storm promoted was W. J. M. Bronzawer (nl), in 1970, a year after Storms had visited the University of Nottingham as part of an exchange program between it and Radboud.
Storms continued to be known for Anglo-Saxon Magic, his 1948 dissertation which was soon thereafter published. The work comprised an anthropological and psychological discussion of "magic" as understood by the Anglo-Saxons, and a discussion of 86 Anglo-Saxon charms in Old English and Latin. A lengthy review by the Harvard Anglo-Saxonist Francis Peabody Magoun called it an "interesting and important" work that would supersede a work published by Felix Grendon in 1909. "All students of the Anglo-Saxon charms," wrote Magoun Jr., "will be grateful to Dr Storms for his edition, in all respects an advance on Grendon's once important study."
Storms had a wife, Gré Wilmink, as well as children, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. His wife died before him; he himself died on 20 October 2003, at the age of 92, in Nijmegen.
Storms, Godfrid (1947). "An Anglo-Saxon Prescription from the Lacnunga". English Studies. XXVIII (1-6): 33-41. doi:10.1080/00138384708596781.
Storms, Godfrid (1963). "The Subjectivity of the Style of Beowulf". In Greenfield, Stanley B. (ed.). Studies in Old English Literature in Honor of Arthur G. Brodeur. Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon Books. pp. 171-186.
Storms, Godfrid (1964). "The Subjective and the Objective Form in Mdn English". English Studies. XLV (1-6): 57-63. doi:10.1080/00138386408597187.
Republished as Storms, Godfrid (2012). "Review: Beowulf: A New Translation". In Schulman, Jana K. & Szarmach, Paul E. (eds.). Beowulf at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University. pp. 374-375. ISBN978-1-58044-152-0.
Storms, Godfrid (2012). "Review: Beowulf: A New Translation". In Schulman, Jana K.; Szarmach, Paul E. (eds.). Beowulf at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications. ISBN978-1-58044-152-0.