Comitatus in Beowulf: Meaning & Examples


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In Anglo-Saxon literature, including Bewowulf, comitatus refers to a mutually beneficial relationship between _____.

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1. In Beowulf, Hrothgar is grateful for Beowulf's help in defeating the monster Grendel and praises him for his _____.

2. In Beowulf, comitatus _____.

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If you would like to see what you know about the meaning of comitatus from Beowulf, use the quiz and worksheet. The definition of comitatus and an example are covered on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the multiple-choice quiz to check your knowledge of:

  • Why the comitatus relationship was important during Anglo-Saxon times
  • Purpose of comitatus in this poem
  • An example of the comitatus relationship
  • What Hrothgar praises Beowulf for
  • The meaning of comitatus

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the meaning of comitatus and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about an example of the comitatus relationship
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of comitatus and the reason the relationship was significant in Anglo-Saxon times

Additional Learning

Learn more about this concept by using the lesson named, Comitatus in Beowulf: Meaning & Examples. Some tasks you can complete include:

  • Review the relationship between Hrothgar and Beowulf
  • Identify additional examples of comitatus in Beowulf
  • Analyze the literature function of comitatus