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Lines 1905-2199 (The Homecoming)

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Beowulf | Lines 1905–2199 (The Homecoming) | Summary



Beowulf and his men sail home and arrive at the stronghold of King Hygelac of the Geats. His queen, Hygd, is introduced, and by way of demonstrating her goodness, the poet tells a tale of an evil queen named Modthryth. Beowulf is welcomed and shares his adventures. He also tells of the Danes' history with the Heathobards and describes his sense of foreboding toward a marriage that—while intended to put an end to the feud—will likely end badly. Beowulf continues to tell about the battle with Grendel's mother, then presents the treasures he earned to Hygelac and gives Queen Hygd the priceless torque (necklace) given to him by Wealhtheow. Hygelac then presents Beowulf with a great sword and many tracts of land.


When Beowulf is welcomed home, his arrival affords him the opportunity to bring news about the Danes and other events. He downplays his accomplishments a bit. Beowulf does express his loyalty to Hrothgar, but also makes sure to express his loyalty to his homeland. Beowulf's speech could give the impression that Hrothgar may have actually proposed that Beowulf become his heir. Beowulf is true to the heroic code and gives all of his treasures to his king and his men because to not do so would have been a sign of disloyalty.

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