Beowulf Lines 1,651–1,887 Questions and Answers

Lines 1,651–1,887 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the sign of victory Beowulf gives to Hrothgar?

2. How does Beowulf feel his life was saved?

3. What does Hrothgar do when Beowulf gives him the sword hilt?

4. What happened to the magical giants who made the sword?

5. What is the story of Hermod?

6. What, specifically, is Hrothgar warning Beowulf about in telling this story?

7. What is the occasion for Unferth’s visit?

8. What promises does Beowulf make as he takes his leave of Hrothgar?

9. Hrothgar says he is pleased with Beowulf for what reasons?

10. Why does Hrothgar weep?

Answers
1. The sign of victory that Beowulf gives to Hrothgar is Grendel’s head. When he won the earlier battle with Grendel, the monster was able to escape, minus his claw, arm, and shoulder, to die in his lair. At that time, Beowulf apologized to Hrothgar for not being able to bring him the monster’s body. After slaying Grendel’s mother, he finds the body in the lair that the mother and son shared and beheads it, bringing this prize to the Danish king.

2. Beowulf explains that God showed him the giants’ magical sword which he used to slay Grendel’s mother after Hrunting proved to be ineffective. (Remember, this is an English poem about the Danes and Geats written at the time when Christianity was first gaining acceptance.)

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