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The next day, Beowulf and his men prepare to go through the fish-lodge (ocean) and leave the Danes to go back to Geatland. In the midst of the packing, Beowulf made sure to “Take the sword and thanked him for lending it.” (1809). Despite the sword being useless in the killing of Grendel’s mother, Beowulf is still grateful for the assistance and tells Unferth “...he had found it a friend in battle and a powerful help; he put no blame on the blade’s cutting edge. He was a considerate man.” (1810-2).
Beowulf goes back to Hrothgar for one last interaction. The two characters praise and assure each other that they will always be available to help each other in times of need. Both also call each other a ring-rich (a generous person).
I will always be by your side! “‘If there is any favor on earth I can perform beyond deeds of arms I have done already, anything that would merit your affections more, I shall act, my lord, with alacrity’” (1822-5).
Beowulf is given twelve presents from King Hrothgar and is sent to return home safely. “Then the earl’s defender furnished the hero with twelve treasures and told him to set out...that high-born king, kissed Beowulf and embraced his neck, then broke down in sudden tears” (1866-7).
Beowulf and the Geats award the guard who watched over their ship with a gift. Soon enough, the sea-horse (ship) reaches Geatland, and the men are greeted by the Geat’s coast guard who comes “... hurrying out to the rolling water: he had watched the offing long and hard, on the lookout for those friends.” (1914-6). After landing and securing the ship so that it wouldn’t be carried away by the winds, Beowulf and his soldiers head to Hygelac’s house.
Hygelac prepares his home for Beowulf’s long-awaited return. Eventually, Beowulf encounters Hygelac and his wife, Hygd, who is very young for a queen but also generous and wise. Overall, Hygd is much different from Modthyrth, who was known to be cruel. However, she became “Less cruel-minded, after she was married to the brave Offa, a bride arrayed in her gold finery, given away by a caring father, ferried to her young prince over dim seas.” (1947-51). Hygelac opens up the discussion by asking how Beowulf's sword-showers (battles) in Denmark went. He also claims how he wanted the Danes to fight Grendel themselves and how glad he is to see Beowulf back in one piece.
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