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Thompson 4“traveled to the bottom of the Earth, Edgetho’s son, and died here, if that shining wove metal hadnot helped -- and Holy God, who sent him victory, gave judgement for truth and right, Ruler of the Heavens, once Beowulf was back on his feet and fighting” (Beowulf 507-511). This is significant to the text because it displays the traits that Beowulf has that was significant to a citizen living in the Anglo-Saxons period. It also proves how Beowulf managed to protect his position of nobility for many in need. Beowulf was a good leader because many couldn’t do whathe could do which was beneficial for the people and in return, Beowulf as well, this made him unique and superior. Without a doubt Beowulf lived up to his potential in leadership by bringing his people a long period of peace through fighting as a warrior and later on ruling the land as king. This suggestion is further buoyed by:“the speech given by Hrothgar. The speech speaking of the vices and virtues of great political great leaders contains many of the same qualities that Beowulf embodies. His boastfulness, geeoisty, and kindness are evidence that he is a good leader and provides forhis people. Although the qualities that he possesses may not be the best fit qualities of a common man, they are admirable qualities a strong leader” (The Qualities of a good leader in Beowulf). In the poem, Beowulf speaks very highly of himself so he must uphold these claims and follow through with them. Beowulf’s people also believed that he was a good leader, which gave him the courage to keep doing right by his people. When Beowuf passed away, his people were full of grief when they found out that they lost the one that they depended on. During the ceremony for the remembrance of their long lost king they:“rode their horses around the tower, telling their sorrow, telling their stories of their dead
Thompson 5king and his greatness, his glory, praising him for heroic deeds, for a life as noble as his name. So should all me raise up words for their lords, warm with love, when their shield and protector leaves his body behind, sends his soul on high. And so, Beowulf’s followers rode, mourning their beloved leader, crying that no better king has ever lived” (Beowulf 885-896). In this tribute after Beowulf's death, the people’s reaction to the tragedy gave substance to the heroic code the Anglo-Saxons looked up to. Strong grief came upon the people which showed how honorable Beowulf was unlike any other kind, he takes a shine on how the Anglo-Saxons delivered on their promises. Although Beowulf shows that he could be a good leader, he also differentiates that idea when he doesn’t fight “fairly” in certain brawls. The longer the audience endures in on Beowulf’s journey, underlying truths come to the forefront. In the first battle with Grendel, Beowulf used his bare hands to rip Grendel apart and won the battle. In his second