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Unformatted text preview: of view, and much of the meaning is clouded by the folk-tale analogues. Beowulf is not an epic, not even a magnified lay. No term borrowed from Greek or other literatures exactly fit: there is no reason why they should (Tolkien 127). I must agree with Tolkiens point of view, the story is not all about fighting demons and dragons, its about the rise and fall of a man. It is only because the main foes in Beowulf are inhuman that the story is larger and more significant then just a tale about a great kings fall. If the monsters were replaced with great battles against formidable enemies, the meaning of Beowulf would be the same....
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