Beowulf: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. They stretched their beloved lord in his boat, laid out by the mast, amidships.the great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasureswere piled on him, and precious gear. (lines 34-37)

    The Danes give their dead lord, Shield Sheafson a royal send off.

  2. In off the moors, down through the mist bands God-cursed Grendel came greedily loping.The bane of the race of men roamed forth,hunting for prey in the high hall.(lines 710-13).

  3. He has done his worst but the wound will end him. He is hasped and hooped and hirpling with pain,limping and looped in it. Like a man outlawed.for wickedness, he must await.the mighty judgement of God in majesty.(lines 974-78)

    Beowulf speaks after he has killed Grendel.

  4. Grendel's mother,monstrous hell-bride, brooded on her wrongs. She had been forced down into fearful waters,he cold depths, after Cain had killed.his father's son, felled his ownbrother with a sword. (lines 1258-63)

  5. A few miles from herea frost-stiffened wood waits and keeps watch above a mere; the overhanging bankis a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface.At night there, something uncanny happen:the water burns. (lines 1362-67)

    The poet describes the mere in which Grendel's mother lives.

  6. It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. (lines 1384-85)

    Beowulf speaks, after Grendel's mother has killed Aeschere.

  7. In pure gold inlay on the sword-guards there were rune-markings correctly incised,stating and recording for whom the swordhad been first made and ornamentedwith its scrollworked hilt. (lines 1694-98)

    A description of the hilt of the sword Beowulf recovered from Grendel's mother.

  8. The dragon began to belch out flames and burn bright homesteads; there was a hot glowhat scared everyone, for the vile sky-wingerwould leave nothing alive in his wake. (lines 2312-15)

  9. Your deeds are famous,so stay resolute, my lord, defend your life now with the