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Beowulf dates back to around the eighth century during which Christianity was not a prevalent religion As Magill states whether the Christian elements are intrinsic or are interpolations by a tenth century monastic scribe is controversial However it remains obvious that the poem along with the society is full of Christian sentiments The reader does not have to read far before he comes across the first reference made to God It is in the prologue in which the story of Shild and the beginnings of Beo are presented Now the Lord of all life Ruler of Glory blessed them with a prince 23 ll 16-17 As the narrative continues it relays information of Shild becoming old and When his time was come the old king died still strong but called to the Lords hands 24 ll 26-27 In this particular passage although the words such as Lord and blessing provide for a Christian element the actions of the people do not Shilds comrades do not bury him after his death there is no funeral as present in Christian society Instead they put his corpse on a harbored ship along with numerous treasures including jeweled helmets and armor and set the ship sailing sliding in the water with Shilds shinning banner high up over his head 24 ll35-42 Magills comment that the Christianity of Beowulf does not much resemble that of the modern world seems to apply here Virtuous men in Beowulf must not think themselves to be all-powerful for it is with Gods permission that any task may be accomplished After any endeavor which fares well the men thank God On such example is seen upon the arrival of the Geats on the Danish shore when immediately after mooring their ship they thank God for their easy crossing 30 ll 225-228 Soon afterwards the watchman too leaves them with a prayer may the Lord our God protect your coming and going 33 ll 316-317
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