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Swords made by giants Hrunting and Nagling are all swords that are very important to Beowulfs many victories Each sword helped Beowulf fight his way to the top in battle Whether it was handed down through his family line or given to him as a gift the sword is the one thing that has saved the brave warrior on more than one occasion Each sword that Beowulf encounters plays a significant role in keeping the hero alive Hrunting is a powerful sword that encourages Beowulf in his quest to kill evil Grendels mother Unferth gives this sword to Beowulf before he begins his journey to the underworld And Unferth helped him Hrothgars courtier lent him a famous weapon a fine hilted old sword named Hrunting it had an iron blade etched and shining and hardened in blood Burton 69 By this act of kindness Unferth silently gives his acceptance of Beowulf to the problem the Danes are experiencing When Beowulf first landed on Danish soil Unferth did not believe that Beowulf would solve their problems with the monster By giving Beowulf Hrunting he shows a belief that Beowulf will save the Danish kingdom Therefore Hrunting is symbolic of peace between Beowulf and Unferth The sword that the giants made is extremely significant because it saves Beowulfs life After he descends to the Underworld Beowulf realizes that his gift from Unferth Hrunting cannot hurt the evil monster Grendels mother had cast a spell on mens weapons so that no mans sword can pierce her skin Beowulf Discovered that no sword could slice her evil skin that Hrunting could not hurt her was useless now when he needed it Burton 71 He sees the huge sword hanging on the wall in the battle hall and snatches it up to kill the monster He drew it from its scabbard broke the chain on its hilt and then savage now angry and desperate lifted it high over his head
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