The hilt will become one of the greatest treasures known to future Danish princes. Hrothgar, after examining the hilt and seeing its deep history with war, proclaims that Beowulf is made of glory, wisdom, and strength and is unlike the Danes’ previous land-protector (king), Heremod, who “brought little joy/ To the Danish people, only death and destruction.” (1711-2)
When it appeared as if all hope was lost for Beowulf, the mighty man arose from the surface with Grendel’s head in one hand and the hilt of the majestic blood stick (sword) that could slay giants in the other. “His thanes advanced in a troop to meet him, thanking God and taking great delight in seeing their prince back safe and sound" (Heaney 1626-8). After settling in, Beowulf and his men headed back to Heorot.
Beowulf arrives at Heorot, where everyone stares in amazement and shock. Beowulf provides the Danes with an overview of what happened such as Hrunting’s failure and God’s grace and assures that Heorot Hall is safe. He then presents Hrothgar the hilt of the majestic sword in honor of the kingdom.
“It is a token of triumph and we tender it to you. I barely survived the battle underwater. It was hard-fought, a desperate affair that could have gone badly; if God had not helped me, the outcome would have been quick and fatal…You can sleep secure with your company of troops in Heorot Hall. Never need you fear for a single thane of your sept or nation, young warriors or old, that laying waste of life that you and your people endured of yore” (Heaney 1654-76).
Hrothgar then goes on to express his hope that Beowulf will learn to seek virtue over treasure and to remember that God is the one who provided him man with wisdom and power. Hrothgar then explains how there are many that forget that they are just mortal men and that God blessed them with such abilities, and it is these men that become arrogant and evil and ultimately die with their “ancestral possessions/ And the goods he hoarded and inherited by another/ Who lets them go with a liberal hand.” (1756-8).
Hrothgar then proclaims his gratitude towards Beowulf again for slaying the monster that has troubled him and the Danes for many years. Hrothgar invites Beowulf to the feast in Heorot. In response, "The Geat was elated and gladly obeyed/ The old man’s biding; he sat on the bench." (1785-6).