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Who is the king of the Danes in the poem Beowulf?

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bigkam | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 2, 2009 at 4:57 AM via web

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Who is the king of the Danes in the poem Beowulf?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 2, 2009 at 5:14 AM (Answer #1)

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The evil King of the Danes is Heremod, who is very cruel and tyrannical. He murders the people who support him, and his subjects banish him. Beowulf is contrasted against Heremod in the story, which uses Heremod as a juxtaposition of evil, whereas Beowulf is good and heroic. Heremod is also the father of Scyld, who becomes another King of the Danes. 

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