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Beowulf is the epic story of a young hero who battles the monsterGrendel and his mother Beowulf a prince of the Geats the son ofEcgtheow who voyages to Heorot the hall of Hrothgar king of theGeats and the great grandson of the hero There at Heorot Beowulfdestroys the monster Grendal who for twelve years has haunted thehall by night and slain all he found therein When Grendals mother inrevenge makes an attack on the hall Beowulf seeks her out and killsher in her home beneath the waters There are many different events in this story First there is thepagan warrior system In this system the relationship between the lordand his men known as the thanes is very important It is theresponsibility of the thanes to defend their king and their lands and alsoto fight his wars whenever possible The relationship between the lord and the thanes is one of mutualtrust and respect The warrior vows his loyalty to his lord andeventually becomes his companion In return the kinglord isresponsible for repaying these men for their favors and eventuallyprovide for their households He offers them shelter helmets goldrings bracelets swords beer mead and a home Norton 23In the warrior society there are two forms of retribution quietvengeance and the wergild or the man price Norton 23 A killer isresponsible for paying for the death of a warrior by paying a memberof his family Each rank of society is evaluated at a definite pricewhich has to be paid to the dead mans kinsmen by the killer whowishes to avoid their vengeance - even if the killing has beenThere are also the ideas of fate and courage portrayedthroughout the story of Beowulf The warriors believe that fate controlstheir lives and their beings Beowulf the ultimate hero shows this traitthroughout Grendels attack and also in his battle with Grendelsmother after her vengeful attack on the hall of Heorot He even tellsUnferth the boastful warrior of his fate before
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