No matter what period in history, treasure and weaponry plays a role and its importance is ever changing. Throughout the Anglo-Saxon period, treasure and weaponry were highly valued among the kingdom and its people. Only those worthy enough to the King or Queen would receive treasure. Treasure was typically given to high-ranking warriors and loyal civilians that had accomplished some great deed. Beowulf shows that these men were so attached to those treasures and weapons that they buried them along with their dead to show their eternal loyalty.
The two epic poems show many similarities in the presentation of their values. Throughout the poems there are some significant values being described such as the relationships between the characters, the courage of the men, and the respect they have and carry. These values work together to put importance on being someone that keeps and remains true to their word. The epic poem, Beowulf, describes the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times (GÓMEZ-CALDERÓN). The hero, Beowulf, was an amazing warrior with all the unusual values required by a hero.
The nations which sponsored these expeditions would give the explorers a cut of all the gold they found, which helped motivate conquistadors to make the long and treacherous journey to the New World. These explorers knew gold would bring wealth and power to them and their country, in addition to achieving tremendous glory for both. Glory also played a great role in motivating explorers. Kings and queens wanted glory for their kingdoms, along with the personal glory of finding new territories. Before the age of
L Beowulf received these gifts as a reward for an incredible feet showing his power and skill to any who laid eyes on his earned goods. M This reward shows that Beowulf earned treasure for a marvelous feet that can later be shown to exhibit his accomplishments later in life. N Treasure in Beowulf not only is associated with respect and earning it, but as a display of power and BODY PARAGRAPH 3 EGold and treasure causes all consuming greed and envy in the tale of Beowulf, it is the driving force behind the plot starting Beowulf on his quest to kill Grendel and being the reason that his tale comes to an end. F A runaway slave stole a cup from the mighty dragon to appease his master G “The cup brought peace/To a slave, pleased his master, but stirred/ A dragon's anger”(2285-2287). H This is in a way a display of reckless greed.
unlike Lancelot, The Knight of the Cart, Beowulf was not full of a want for the love of somebody else, but is instead an epic poem of a man with amazing strength, and power. With battles fought against monsters, and dragons for glory. Although the theme may have been different for these stories. The main characters shared a lot of the same heroic traits. For instance, Lancelot who was the most legendary of the round table for his strength in combat, and courageous determination.
Traits such as honor, valor, respect and bravery all come very easily to Beowulf. Although Beowulf has all of these qualities he completes such traitorous, dangerous feats for all of the wrong reasons. From these tasks, Beowulf expects everlasting glory, fame, and above all immortality. Elements such as friendship, loyalty, generosity and bravery were quintessential in Anglo-Saxon society. The most important being loyalty, without it the whole system would crumble.
I decided to utilize the Gero Crucifix, this basically represents the crucifixion of Jesus in a life size scale and also made out of gold. It is very interesting the design and style that this particular artwork showcases, I like the idea of utilizing gold for its creation, not only because of the color but also because we have always seen gold as something almost very strange to have in our possession because of its money value; therefore, I think gold is a material that we could consider almost godly or magic, almost like diamond or emerald, and this potentially creates a strong connection with this particular piece of artwork because it is certainly related to Jesus and religion itself, which, most of the times makes us relate any artwork
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic about a great warrior who values the Anglo-Saxon ideas of loyalty, personal indebtedness, fame, fate, and heroism. The epic is named after, and centered on, Beowulf and his quests; however, several other characters also reflect Anglo-Saxon values throughout the story. For example, King Hrothgar built “the best/ Of all mead-halls” (ll.145-146) so that his “men lived happy” (l. 15). Hrothgar built the mead-hall because he was indebted to his men who served and protected him. Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family.
Our ancestors used to admire Beowulf, and we strive to bear at least a slight resemblance to Superman, Ironman or other comic book characters. But can they be easily compared? And do they have much in common? Beowulf is probably the mightiest and the bravest hero of the Old English literature. For many centuries in a row he was considered to be an example of a person easily overcoming extremely difficult obstacles, inspiring the others, showing great courage, sacrificing his life for good and generally typifying all the traits of a hero.
He does not want to appear weak by hiding behind a shield or sword that will protect him. He displays his physical power as he battles the three monsters. Beowulf is a character that ordinary people aspire to resemble, and he is the ultimate example of an epic