Beowulf ctd.

I’m tired, so it won’t be my most incisive or longest post. Beowulf, also tired after slaying monsters underwater, retells what we already know to Hrothgar and give him the hilt of the sword. Everybody admires the ornaments depicting the scenes from the Flood. Hrothgar thanks Beowulf profusely, warning him at the same time not to become too puffed up like the evil king Heremod because everybody dies sooner or later. The whole episode reads like serious back-pedalling: after describing at length the valour and supernatural power of Beowulf, the author reminds his readers about the dangers of hubris: starting from the biblical scenes on the hilt, depicting the giants who defied God and drowned, and continuing with Hrothgar’s sermonizing.


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