Hrunting Essays

  • The Epic Poem, Beowulf-The Dishonoring Warrior

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    Furthermore, as Beowulf left the Hrunting sword behind and did not return it back to its owner, the text suggests that Beowulf carried it without preserving its integrity as promised. In addition, Beowulf saw a “victorious blade,/ ancient giant-sword strong in its edges,/ worthy in battles;

  • Character Analysis Of Beowulf

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    When one visualizes the word “hero”, often images of hulking, muscled people in military uniforms, fireman carrying children from burning houses, or police officers arresting dangerous criminals come to mind. Most heroes are commonly described as handsome and strong, almost as if they look like a God; and because of that, some are even treated as if they are royalty. Young people may imagine a highly-skilled, famous athlete or a good-looking movie star. However, a true hero is more often defined

  • Beowulf: The True Characteristics Of An Epic Hero

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    The epic poem, Beowulf is about a hero who comes to the aid of King Hrothgar. Hrothgar’s Mead Hall was being destroyed by a demon that lurked the boundaries of the small town. Beowulf hears the news and comes to try to defeat the demon. He performs this admirable deed because he wanted to achieve immortality by being a hero. He fought the monsters with his bare hands. He had the true characteristics of a hero, strength, bravery, and courage. Nobody would dare do the things Beowulf attempted in his

  • Beowulf: The Greatest And Epic Hero

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    The greatest and epic hero Beowulf comes to Denmark to kill Grendel, who was attacking the herot only to find that he was only seeking attention. Beowulf is a thug because he only seeks fame, treasure, and glory. In his epic story, Beowulf is a warrior king who has proven to possess the battle-hardened personality of an epic conqueror. Yet, through acts of lethal skill and incredible bravery he has maintained a durable reputation and his sense of royal duty. Beowulf shows the magnitude of his bravery

  • Monomyth In Hero's Journey

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    To become a hero or heroine, one must participate in a process, or transformation, known as the Hero’s Journey. Mythologist Joseph Campbell found patterns in literature, better known as archetypes, concerning the monomyth, or a prevalent aspect in folklore. In other words, most stories are made of essentially the same elements, described as the monomyth. A common outline in tales involving a hero, the Hero’s Journey begins with escaping a dull world to enter the underworld. The traveler faces barriers

  • Beowulf's Strength

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    Throughout the poem of Beowulf his resources used and those close to him eventually only fail him in the end. At first in the poem Beowulf only relies on himself and his own strength he even goes as far as to take on the monster Grendel with his bare hands and without the protection of armor he fights him as an equal he is so sure of himself that he lets the monster attack him first while “sleeping” one could argue that Beowulf’s main source of strength is his belief in himself and those around him

  • Beowulf Themes

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    The epic poem Beowulf was written in Old English by an unknown author in England during the eighth or ninth century. It takes place in Scandinavia during the beginning of the sixth century and illustrates the idea of a traditional Anglo-Saxton hero. Beowulf is a god-like hero who courageously sets out to defeat the monster Grendel as a way to repay his father’s debt, and continues to increase his heroic status by defeating Grendel’s mother and the dragon. Reputation and a person’s lineage are themes

  • Compare And Contrast Beowulf And Luke Skywalker

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    The epic poem Beowulf may be the oldest surviving long poem in Old English and it is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature. There are still heroes of Beowulf's basic type today. Some heroes in popular culture act basically like Beowulf even though they were created over a thousand years later, even though they may act very differently from Beowulf. In the movie, Stars Wars, Luke Skywalker has many similarities to Beowulf and their heroism. From the

  • The Hero's Journey In Beowulf '

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    father Ecgtheow, he chooses to journey to her realm which is under gloomy monster-infested waters and face her. Beowulf is a warrior who is bold, brave, and unafraid of challenges. In this grueling battle Beowulf comes close to perishing, as his sword Hrunting fails him. However he finds an ancient sword in the cave and uses it to kill her. He was setback by the loss of the sword but he prevailed and defeated the troll-dam. This fits with the Ordeal stage in the hero’s journey. Beowulf is faced with a

  • Similarities Between The Hobbit And Beowulf

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    stories claim, but once he kills Grendel and begins his hunt for Grendel’s mother, he realizes his words were wrong. He tries to apologize by lending Beowulf his own sword, Hrunting. Beowulf gladly accepts the sword and even states “‘to that far-famed man I bequeath my own / sharp-honed, wave-sheened wonder-blade. / With Hrunting I shall gain glory or die’” (1489-1491). Beowulf’s ability to accept Unferth’s apology instead of holding a grudge shows he is forgiving and humble about others. Thorin does

  • Theme Of Symbolism In Beowulf

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    armor or weapons when he fights the beast. Later, in the second act of the story, Beowulf seeks out and faces off against Grendel’s mother. This time, Beowulf is fully equipped with chainmail armor and Unferth’s family sword, Hrunting. However, in the actual battle, Hrunting cannot even scratch the beast and Beowulf only survives because his armor saves his life and he then

  • Reputation In Beowulf

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    Unferth, who “had forgotten all those taunts he flung when tipsy with wine,” he still has a desire to prove himself and secure his status as a hero to the Dane people (49). Unferth loans Beowulf Hrunting, a sword that has never failed in battle, as a gesture to Beowulf being the better warrior. Even though Hrunting breaks and fails Beowulf in battle, he is still successful at killing the hellish monster. Once Beowulf resurfaces, he does not have the profuse amount of treasures that were in Grendel’s mother’s

  • Importance Of Weapons In Beowulf

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    have killed him instantly (1503-1504). Beowulf then obtains the sword Hrunting from a coward named Unferth. Though the sword “had gone through many/ hand-to-hand fights… the fabulous powers of that heirloom failed” to harm his opponent (1524-1528). The sword is not powerful enough nor is it worthy of use by Beowulf, since it came from a man who is too cowardly to fight the monster himself. While Beowulf is unable to wield Hrunting, he uses another sword he finds during the battle to chop off the monster’s

  • Herot Quotes In Beowulf

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    13.) In the beginning, Herot was being savagely attacked by Grendel and lives were being taken for twelve straight winters. He was “so set on murder that no crime could ever be enough, no savage assault quench his lust for evil” (lines 50-53). Finally, the brave warrior Beowulf arrives to Herot and murders the devious Grendel. Seeking revenge, Grendel’s mom slyly arrives at Herot and snatches only one victim. She had taken “Hrothgar’s closest friend, the man he most loved of all men on earth” (lines

  • What Is The Sacrifice In Beowulf

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    Exemplifying his fearlessness, Beowulf was “...indifferent to death” (1442), determined to battle Grendel’s mother for Hrothgar. When Hrunting failed Beowulf in the midst of the fighting, he resorted to using his hands. “So must a man do who intends to gain enduring glory in combat ” (1534-1536). However, Beowulf spotted a blade in the monster’s armory, and swung at Grendel’s mother, decapitating

  • Comparing Beowulf And Unferth

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    ignore those voices and move on to prove them wrong and that is exactly what I did. “Carrying the sword Hrunting, Beowulf goes to the lake where Grendel’s mother has her underwater lair. Then, fully armed, he dives to the depths of this watery hell” (page 39, in italics). After Beowulf and Grendel’s outcome, Unferth realizes he was wrong and even offers a truce, by giving him a sword, Hrunting, and supporting him against his next great battle. Beowulf stood up for himself, went out and defeated

  • Compare And Contrast Unferth And Beowulf

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    The Anglo-Saxon idea of what a hero is includes characteristics such as robustness, courage, and honorability. Over time, these characteristics--along with others--have developed into the archetypal hero as seen in myths and stories across the globe. In the epic poem Beowulf, written by an unknown author, the two characters Beowulf and Unferth display several of these qualities; however, they do not exhibit all of them or they demonstrate them in a less conventional way. The main character of the

  • Beowulf Fairness

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    Raffle says that the dragons “Skin, that Hrunting could not hurt her, was useless/ Now when he needed it. They wrestled, she ripped/ And tore and clawed at him, bit holes in his helmet/…He raised his arms and seized her by the, shoulder; anger/ Double his strength, he threw her to the floor”( Raffel

  • Christianity In Beowulf Essay

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    “And another item lent by Unferth at that moment of need was of no small importance: the brehon handed him a hilted weapon, a rare and ancient sword named Hrunting. The iron blade with its ill-boding patterns had been tempered in blood. It had never failed the hand of anyone who hefted it in battle, anyone who had fought and faced the worst in the gap of danger” (lines 1455-1463).The sword had some carving

  • Warrior's Quest In Beowulf

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    and her son’s body parts. Once the king got a hold of this knowledge they ran to Beowulf and asked him for help in finding and killing the mother of Grendel. Before his departure Unerth, “Lent him a famous weapon, a fine, / Hilted old sword named Hrunting” showing his honor he has for Beowulf as he goes to fight another monster(64). Beowulf ventures into the mother’s underwater lair to defeat Grendel's mother, the sword Unerth gives Beowulf does not function down there. Using a magical sword he finds