Beowuf lines 1383-2199
After the battle in this section, Beowulf and Hrothgar make promises to each other. What do you think of these promises?
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In the speech Hrothgar delivers beginning with line 1700, the king promises his friendship as well as affirming that Beowulf will remain the savior of his people forever. This promise is appropriate for the great deed the hero has just accomplished. Before departing, Beowulf promises to defend the Geats if ever again they are threatened. He brags about the strength of force he will deliver if it is needed. Hrothgar seals the farewell with promises to continue an exchange of treasures for as long as he will rule. Although these promises seem in earnest, the author notes at the end of this section that they are to never meet again. It seems for the time period that they both said the all of the right things, but perhaps never expected to be held to them. Perhaps it was a moment of the beginnings of the chivalry that would dominate literature in age that followed.
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