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Beowulf is the epic story of a young hero who battles the monster Grendel and his mother Beowulf a prince of the Geats the son of Ecgtheow who voyages to Heorot the hall of Hrothgar king of the Geats and the great grandson of the hero There at Heorot Beowulf destroys the monster Grendal who for twelve years has haunted the hall by night and slain all he found therein When Grendals mother in revenge makes an attack on the hall Beowulf seeks her out and kills her in her home beneath the waters There are many different events in this story First there is the pagan warrior system In this system the relationship between the lord and his men known as the thanes is very important It is the responsibility of the thanes to defend their king and their lands and also to fight his wars whenever possible The relationship between the lord and the thanes is one of mutual trust and respect The warrior vows his loyalty to his lord and eventually becomes his companion In return the kinglord is responsible for repaying these men for their favors and eventually provide for their households He offers them shelter helmets gold rings bracelets swords beer mead and a home Norton 23 In the warrior society there are two forms of retribution quiet vengeance and the wergild or the man price Norton 23 A killer is responsible for paying for the death of a warrior by paying a member of his family Each rank of society is evaluated at a definite price which has to be paid to the dead mans kinsmen by the killer who wishes to avoid their vengeance - even if the killing has been accidental Norton 23 There are also the ideas of fate and courage portrayed throughout the story of Beowulf The warriors believe that fate controls their lives and their beings Beowulf the ultimate hero shows
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