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The Foretelling That Fools There are many digressions in Beowulf that are truly notable enough to be discussed Not only are these digressions a form of character development but also serve as a foreshadowing toward other events that happen later in the text Several of the digressions link Beowulf to many historical figures These digressions help the reader to prepare for what may come The tale of Sigemund and the dragon greatly reflects Beowulfs character and also gives a preview to Beowulfs fate The tales that foreshadow many of the events in Beowulf are commonly told by the scop A scop is an Anglo Saxon court poet who sings historic tales to entertain the court and guests The role of the scop in medieval times was quite important While he did not perform any large tasks in battle his part as a historian has made a huge impact on history During the medieval times the only source of recording material was the mind The scop told of great and imaginative stories that were passed from generation to generation through oral tradition After Beowulf wounds Grendel in the mead hall by pulling his arm from his socket King Hrothgar holds an enormous celebration in Beowulfs honor At this feast a Danish scop tells of a knightly tale in which a valiant man named Sigemund fights a huge serpent In return for his heroic deeds Sigemund is granted the treasure in which the serpent guarded The scop sings this certain tale to compare Beowulf to Sigemund Both men are strong and brave and both men accept treasure in return for their acts While Sigemund obtains the serpents treasure Beowulf receives gold rewards from King Hrothgar The tale of Sigemund describes a fearless man with incredible
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