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Instructor: Debbie Notari
In the epic poem, 'Beowulf', Hrothgar is King of the Danes and lord of the great hall, Heorot. After Beowulf kills Grendel and Grendel's mother, Hrothgar gives Beowulf a pep-talk of sorts--advice that can arguably be applied to anyone today.

Hrothgar the Character

In the epic poem, Beowulf, Hrothgar is the king of the Danes and the lord of the great hall, Heorot. As the poem opens, we see that a savage monster, Grendel, has been plundering the halls of Heorot for some time, killing warriors at will. No soldier in Hrothgar's kingdom can defeat Grendel until the Geat, Beowulf, arrives to assist the Danes. Beowulf boldly defeats Grendel, and later, Grendel's mother. Beowulf relinquishes the sword he used to kill Grendel's mother to Hrothgar as a token of victory when he returns. Hrothgar lavishes him with praise and rewards, but he also has some advice to give the epic warrior.

Hrothgar is a wise king, and he has learned that some enemies are too difficult for him to defeat; some problems are too complex for him to solve. Through his conflicts with the evil Grendel, Hrothgar has learned humility, and he wishes to impart some of his wisdom to Beowulf.

Although Beowulf has the strength of thirty men and has obviously gloriously defeated both Grendel and Grendel's mother, Hrothgar wants to teach Beowulf how to handle success wisely.

Hrothgar's Sermon

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