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In the story Beowulf, was Beowulf a Dane, Geat, or Saxon?

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kassie12 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 9, 2007 at 9:46 AM via web

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In the story Beowulf, was Beowulf a Dane, Geat, or Saxon?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 9, 2007 at 11:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Beowulf is the leader of the Geats.

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cnorth | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 19, 2007 at 3:48 AM (Answer #2)

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Beowulf is a Geat, also known as a Thane. The Geats are from what is now modern day Finland/Sweeden.
He fights Grendel for the Danes.

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sapphire | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2007 at 10:24 PM (Answer #3)

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Beowulf was a Geat who traveled to aid the Danes.

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arma | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 21, 2007 at 9:52 AM (Answer #4)

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Beowulf is a Gate , he fight Grendel becuase he got a help request from Hrothgar , king of Danes.

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underink | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 21, 2008 at 5:51 PM (Answer #5)

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It seems to me that somebody tried to imply that a Geat was a Thane. This is not so, to clarify. Beowulf was a Geat (or Ostrogoth, as it were), who had a natural rivalry with the Danes. However, Beowulf was in the mind to pay the king back for a deed he did long ago (as well as to further his fame). Beowulf's Thanedom is a matter of his place in his own culture. A Thane is a man who pledges allegiance to his king and in that would share the spoils of war with the king. The reputation of a king always depended on the loyalty of warriors and Thanes and a reputation preceeding them, so a king would attract attention to himself by sharing the spoils of war, so a Thane was much like the feudal lords who ruled serfs later on in the medieval ages, or warlords. Beowulf followed the Germanic Heroic Ethos, or the code of the warrior, and so he disregarded this natural rivalry to help out his fellow man.

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hyaenusdominae | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 18, 2012 at 2:59 AM (Answer #6)

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I assume you haven't read the poem. The poem states that Beowulf is a Geat. Do read the poem. I'm sure you'll find it worthwhile.

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