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  • So tell us if what we have heard is true about this threat, whatever it is, This danger abroad in the dark nights, This corpse-maker mongering death in the Shieldings’ country. I come to proffer my wholehearted help and counsel. (273-278)
  • Beowulf hearing about Grendel's destruction is the call to adventure. He is always looking to prove his worth, so he sends out to make himself more worthy of becoming a legend.
  • What kind of men are you who arrive rigged out for combat in coats of mail, sailing here over the sea lanes In your steep-hulled boat? I have been stationed 240 as lookout on this coast for a long time. My job is to watch the waves for raiders, and danger to the Danish shore.  (237-243)
  • Beowulf and his men crossing the sea and landing on the coast is the ¨crossing the threshold" moment in the epic. The shore even has a guardian, the dane protecting the border.
  • This is my hope; and for his heroism I will recompense him with a rich treasure. Go immediately, bid him and the Geats he has is attendance to assemble and enter. Say, moreover, when you speak to them, that they are welcome in Denmark. (384-389)
  • This last scene shows a loose interpretation of the supernatural aid. Though not supernatural, Hrothgar provides Beowulf with the motivation and material goods necessary to succeed
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