Beowulf Womens Roles Project
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Though Beowulf focuses on the male characters, and is set in a time where women are considered inferior to men. However, women actually play a fairly significant role in the story.
The role of the peaceweaver is often seen as a woman whose role is to marry someone from a rival tribe to bring peace between the enemies.
An excellent example of a peaceweaver in Beowulf is Hildeburh, a Danish princess married to Finn, king of the Jutes. As a gift, it is expected that she will bring about an alliance between the parties. She is successful in her task, as she has a son. In a battle, she loses her son, her brother, and her husband, and she mourns these losses. The scop, or poet, tells us, 'blameless she was deprived of her dear ones at the shield-play, of son and brother; wounded by spears they fell to their fate. That was a mournful woman.' She returns to her homeland, where she is still considered a Danish queen.
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