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King Hrothgar speaks wonderfully on Beowulf’s behalf. He praises him for being a fearless warrior and for slaying the devil’s reincarnate.
“I have often honored smaller achievements, recognized warriors not nearly as worthy, lavished rewards on the less deserving. But you have made yourself immortal by your glorious action. May the Lord of Ages continue to keep and requite you well,” (Heaney 950 - 955).
Beowulf explains to the crown holder that he wishes he was able to kill Grendel instantly.
“My plan was to pounce, pin him down in a tight grip and grapple him to death---have him panting for life, powerless and clasped in my bare hand, his body in thrall. But I couldn’t stop him from slipping my hold,” (Heaney 962 - 966).
“There was less tampering and big talk then from Unferth the boaster, less of his blather as the hall-thanes eyed the awful proof of the hero’s prowess, the splayed hand up under the eaves,” (Heaney 979 - 983).
“Then Halfdane’s son presented Beowulf with gold standards as a victory gift, an embroidered banner; also breast-mail and a helmet; and a sword carried high, that was both precious object and a token of honor,” (Heaney 1019 - 1023).
“They sang then and played to please the hero, words and music for their warrior prince, harp tunes and tales of adventure: there were high times on the hall benches and the king’s poet performed his part with the saga of Finn and his sons,” (Heaney 1062 - 1067).
The queen offers the chug jug to Beowulf as a demonstration of hierarchy within the hall.
"Enjoy this drink, my most generous lord; raise up your goblet, entertain the Geates, Duly and gently, discourse with them," (Heaney 1168-1170).
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