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I think Beowulf is a saint. Hrothgar’s men welcome him in to the mead hall praising him as heaven sent. They claim, “The holy Creator usward sent him, to West-Dane warriors, I ween, for to render ‘gainst Grendel’s grimness gracious assistance” (1511-1513). Though Beowulf sings his own praises and the feats he accomplished of his own accord when he first reaches Hrothgar’s shores, he eventually turns the glory to the divine.

Later, as he battles with Grendel’s mother, divine intervention clearly saves his skin. Though Beowulf may not have entered the story a complete saint, I do believe the tale is created to spotlight the power of God and bring these ideals to the Saxons. Beowulf, the ultimate Geat hero, is only able to accomplish his task through divine aid. The story essentially shows that the strongest of man cannot overcome the evils of the devil without the help of God.

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  1. Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    You have good examples and reasoning as to why you think Beowulf is Christian. It is very true that without the divine aid Beowulf would have not been able to accomplish all of his tasks.

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