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The Power and Importance of Treasure, in Beowulf

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The power and importance of treasure, in Beowulf
An epic, is a lengthy narrative poem concerning about social and political organization, and events significant to a culture or nation. In Fred Robinson words, much of Beowulf is devoted to show the Germanic heroic code, in different aspects, which values strength, courage, bravery and loyalty in warriors; hospitality, generosity, responsibility and political skill in kings; ceremoniousness in women; and good reputation in the inhabitants.

Treasure, as well, is one of the most important elements of the Anglo-Saxon’s social lives. As Katherine O´Brien O´Keeffee says “ The touchstone of that life- as represented in Old English literature at least- is the vital relationship between
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“Healfdane´s son gave Beowulf a golden/ Banner, a fitting flag to signal/ His victory, and gave him, as well, a helmet, / tand a coat of mail, and an ancient sword;/.(canto 15, l. 1020)
As it is showed, Beowulf never comes out empty-handed when he fights and kills these monsters. Beowulf´s last words, are also referred to treasures, his last requests as he dies involve mainly the material goods that are so important to him. He asks to see the treasure that he won and to
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