Naughton Post #4

As many previous posts have said Beowulf was Christian. Whether or not Beowulf was actually Christian or if it’s the authors own beliefs that a different question. Lets put aside the use of terms like “Holy God”, which in itself is very Christian because pagans believed in several Gods. The line that stands out is when Hrothgar says, “a warrior has, through the Lord’s power…”  This line is very similar to a line in the book of Exodus 15:3 “The Lord is warrior; the Lord is his name.” While Hrothgar might not be directly saying Beowulf is the Lord his choice of words leads you to think that Christianity is at play.  To put this quote into context this is after Beowulf has killed Grendel and is telling the story to Hrothgar who is praising him for how he has pretty much single handedly saved Hrothgar and his people.

These are just the insistence Hrothgar uses Christian language and terms. Beowulf himself references one God several times., particularly after he kills Grendel. Whether or not this actually Beowulf talking or if it the Christianity that was imposed into the story as it was told through the ages, the Beowulf we can go off of is clearly referencing Christian beliefs.

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  1. Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you. There seems to be many similarities between the bible and the way the story is written. Also Grendel is said to be a decedent of Cain. Both of these things point to Beowulf being Christian.

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  2. Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate you removing the use of Holy God from your evidence regarding Beowulf’s Christianity or paganism. You are very right that the simple usage of of the phrase Holy God or Oh my God, in modern terms, does not classify someone as a Christian.

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