Why is Hrothgar's lineage given in "Beowulf"?

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Hrothgar's lineage is given to set up the exposition. It gives us  information about Hrothgar and the weight his name carries with men. This allows the reader to understand why Beowulf would travel so far to rid the king of the monster Grendel.