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The Middle Ages were a very difficult time for individuals to try to live and succeed on their own Most people did not live life this way most lived in large communities The same is true in the epic poem Beowulf In fact community is such a major theme of the poem that it almost seems like there is a constant reminder on every page Every aspect of life is engulfed in communal affairs every meal every gathering every celebration is done as a whole The good times as well as the bad times are shared within the walls of the kingdom together as one municipality Community is extremely important to the populations every day life in so many ways The place of gathering in the story is Heorot a magnificent mead-hall constructed by the King and Ruler Hrothgar Hrothgar was a very powerful ruler of the Danes he was successful in many battles and therefore had grown to become a great emperor He decided to build Heorot so he could have the most splendid hall in all the land as the author says he handed down orders for men to work on a great mead-hall meant to be a wonder of the world forever 68-70 This became according to the story the wonderful gathering place for the Danes and all their people Having a place to gather is one essential aspect of a community but an even more important presence is the common goals of the people that comprise it In the Middle Ages and especially in Beowulf having a common foe brought together a community in times of need This is shown when Beowulf travels to Heorot to fight the evil monster Grendel He is immediately welcomed as soon as he steps off his boat even though he is an unknown traveler at this point The poem says Nor have I seen a mightier man-at-arms on this earth than the one standing here
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