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Beowulf An Anglo-Saxon Hero Beowulf could more than easily be described as a typical Anglo-Saxon hero More likely he would be the model of one The story of his life was a staple in the Anglo-Saxon society There are four distinct traits that make up the Anglo-Saxon hero The first is loyalty as demonstrated by the relationship of Feudal Lord and Thane This was a true part of the Anglo-Saxon society It was conveyed by the word Comitatus This deemed that the thanes would pledge their lives to their Feudal Lord They would defend their lords life with their own if they did not it would be considered treason Upon the death of their Feudal Lord it would be their responsibility to defend his death By not fulfilling all of the requirements of a Thane and Comitatus they would be banished for life and forced to wander the earth Beowulf served as both a Thane and a Feudal Lord in his lifetime Although he never was truly a Thane to King Hrothgar he served under him to help protect his kingdom from a dragon who was terrorizing the area for more than 12 years Later in his life he served as the Feudal Lord or king of Gaetland where he ruled for 50 peaceful years He then had his own Thanes who did abandon him and were ultimately banished for their lives The second would be strength Whether it be physical or mental every and all fictional hero in any society has strength It gives them the power they need to overcome the problem they are having along with any disturbances that may occur along the way to solving the problem Beowulf had extreme physical strength He had more strength in one arm than 10 men Many swords could not stand the strength and power of his swing and would shatter upon impact His immense strength gave him the ability
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