The Importance Of Beowulf's Hall In Anglo-Saxon Culture

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The arrival of Gandalf and his comrades closely mirrors that of Beowulf at Heorot, King Hrothgar 's hall. The Hall was extremely important in Anglo-Saxon culture because it displayed prosperity and the agricultural viability of the land. In Beowulf, the land is plagued by the monster Grendel and the hall is abandoned and falls into disuse. Similarly, in Rohan, the Meduseld is shown as an old building that had seen better days. King Theoden, ruler of Rohan, was under Sauron’s evil influence due to his councillor Grima “Wormtongue” who was a servant of Saruman, the corrupted wizard. Based on Grima’s advice, Theoden exiles his nephew Eomer, a loyal Rohirrim, and lets his land be overrun by orcs. It is only when Gandalf arrives and overrides

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