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Unformatted text preview: When Hrothgar retires for the night, he comments that this is the first night that he has ever entrusted the care of his hall to another man. Heorot is the symbol of his rule. In effect, Hrothgar is placing his reign in Beowulf's mighty hands. Significantly, he tells Beowulf to remember fame . Although the poet frequently mentions God, these warriors' credo is really devoted to glory, reputation, honor, wealth, and fame. The modern reader might benefit from understanding that fame and reputation are close to the same thing in Beowulf's world. Beowulf strips for bed, noting again (677 ff.) that he will not use weapons against Grendel because the ogre "does not know the warrior's arts" (681), the skills of a fighter trained in the use of weapons. Although this is called a "boast" (676), it sounds more like another vow. Beowulf sets aside his chain-Although this is called a "boast" (676), it sounds more like another vow....
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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.
- Fall '09