The messenger sent to report the results of the battle warns the people that the king

The messenger sent to report the results of the battle warns the people that the king

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The messenger sent to report the results of the battle warns the people that the king's death  probably will encourage old enemies to renew their feuds with the Geats. This is another example of  the  Beowulf  poet interrupting the flow of the action to allude to other stories in a way that may seem  odd to a modern audience. We can only conclude that  his  audience must have welcomed the  allusions; these are details with which most of them were familiar. For the modern reader, however,  the point could been made more simply: The king is dead. The Geats are in trouble. But that is a  story for another time. The curse on the treasure-trove seems to come from a mixture of sources. While the concept seems  pagan, the poet insists on saying that "the Lord" (3054) controlled the spell and that only He could  decide who might disturb the hoard. The poet makes a reference to the treasure's being "in the 
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