Beowulf; Cantos 38&43

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  • Beowulf asked Wiglaf to get his treasure because he wanted to see them before he died.
  • Wiglaf returns to a dying Beowulf with his treasures. He tells Wiglaf to lead the people of Geats.
  • Before Beowulf dies he gives Wiglaf his golden necklace, his gold-covered helmet, and his rings, along with his mail shirt. Wiglaf was now the King of Geats.
  • When the funeral flames have burned me, and build a tower in my name. You're the last of all our far-flung family.
  • Once the word of Beowulf's death gets to the men who left, they return to mourn. Wiglaf and seven other men went to get the last of Beowulf's treasures he won from the dragon.
  • The people of Geats laid their beloved high on wood. The warriors began to weep as they "kindle that greatest of funeral fires; smoke rose." The people began to mourn for their lose.
  • The Geats built a tower to honor Beowulf, 12 of the bravest Geats rode around his tower, mourning. "Their beloved leader, crying that no better king had ever lived, no prince so mild, no man so open to his people, so deserving of praise.
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