Beowulf: A Mix of Pagan and Christian Traditions Essay

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“Alone shall fight for me, struggle for life against the monster, God must decide who will be given to death’s cold grip. Grendel’s plan, I think, will be what it has been before, to invade this hall and gorge his belly with our bodies.” (Lines 268-273) This quote was said by Beowulf a little while before he fought Grendal. This quote shows that Beowulf is ready to risk his life to save his people from a monster that has killed many people. He does this throughout this epic; fighting battles with different monsters that put his people’s lives in danger. Also during some of the fights he has faith in God and he believes that God will be there to help him when he needs it. Beowulf is a blending of Christian traditions and beliefs such as …show more content…
“…Now he discovered once the afflicter of men, tormentor of their days what it meant to feud with God: Grendal saw that his strength was deserting him.” (Lines 383-386) This quote shows that there were Christian traditions in play in this epic. The quote says that Beowulf feuded with God and destroyed Grendal. This was not the only battle in which Beowulf or anyone else risked their life to save someone else.

Beowulf risked his life while fighting Grendal’s mother. “Remember,
Hrothgar, Oh knowing king, now when my danger is near, the warm words we uttered, and if your enemy should end my life then be, oh generous prince, forever the father and protector of all whom I leave behind me, here in your hands, my beloved comrades left with no leader, their leader dead.” (Lines 450- 457) Beowulf says this before he goes in and tries to fight Grendal’s mother. The quote shows that he knows that there is a chance that he might not come back. He still remains loyal to his people and goes to fight this enemy. He came back and all the people praised him on his victory.

Beowulf’s final fight was against the dragon. Beowulf said, “I’d use no sword, no weapon, if this beast could be killed without it, crushed to death like Grendal, gripped in my hands and torn limb from limb.
But his breath will be burning hot, poison will pour from his tongue.
I feel no shame, with shield and sword and armor, against this monster…” (Lines
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