Beowulf ctd.

I’m afraid I don’t have much to write about in this instalment. Beowulf hears about Danes’ problems, gets on the ship with his team, arrives in Denmark. The watchman seeing a boat full of armed men landing is understandably worried – if they are attackers, how strong they have to be if they even don’t try to hide? – but Beowulf (whose name actually has not been mentioned so far) answers something along the lines “We arrive in peace, take us to your leader”.

More Christianity vs. paganism: when Beowulf announces his plan, the elders “inspect the omens”. On the other hand, when they arrive safely, they thank God, who seems to be a Christian or at least monotheistic God.

On a side note, isn’t it funny that two major works of English literature: the earliest and (arguably) the greatest take place in Denmark, with nary an Englishman or Englishwoman in sight? And, with all due respect to Denmark and Danish culture, the English don’t seem to be particularly interested in them apart from these two examples.


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