All of these characteristics apply to Beowulf

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All of these characteristics apply to  Beowulf . The hero, Beowulf, is the title character. He represents  the values of the heroic age, specifically the Germanic code of  comitatus —  the honor system that  existed in Scandinavian countries in the fifth and sixth centuries between a king, or feudal lord, and  his warriors (thanes). Thanes swore devotion to their leader and vowed to fight boldly, to the death if  necessary, for him. If the leader should fall, his thanes must avenge his life. For his part, the leader  rewarded his thanes with treasure, protection, and land. His generosity often was considered a virtue  and a mark of character. Courage, loyalty, and reputation were other virtues for these warriors, and  we can look for them as themes in the poem. The code of the  comitatus  is at the heart of the  Beowulf  epic. Increasingly, scholars distinguish between two types of epic. The first, the 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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