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Beowulf Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Beowulf
  1. #1
    “They have seen my strength for themselves, have watched me rise from the darkness of war, dripping with my enemies’ blood. I drove five great giants into chains, chased all of that race from the earth. I swam in the blackness of night, hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one; death was my errand and the fate they had earned. Now Grendel and I are called together, and I’ve come.”
    author
    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
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    GrendelBeowulf
  2. #2
    “In the time I was given I lived in my own land, ruling my people well, never turning to treachery, or swearing to oaths contrary to right. In this I take comfort and joy when now I am stricken with death-dealing wounds.”
  3. #3
    “Not even the sharpest of swords could have cut it [Grendel’s hand] through, broken it off the monster’s arm and ended its life, as Beowulf had done armed only with his bare hands.”
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    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
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    GrendelBeowulf
  4. #4
    “He was spawned in that slime of Cain, murderous creatures banished by God.”
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    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
    character
    Grendel
  5. #5
    “The Almighty Judge of good deeds and bad, the Lord God, Head of the Heavens and High King of the World, was unknown to them. Oh, cursed is he who in time of trouble had to thrust his soul into the fire’s embrace, forfeiting help; he has nowhere to turn. But blessed is he who after death can approach the Lord and find friendship in the Father’s embrace.”
    author
    Anonymous
    person
    God
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    Beowulf
  6. #6
    “It is a great wonder how Almighty God in His magnificence favours our race with rank and scope and the gift of wisdom; His sway is wide. Sometimes he allows the mind of a man of distinguished birth to follow its bent, grants him fulfillment and felicity on earth and forts to command in his own country.”
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    Anonymous
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    God
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    Beowulf
  7. #7
    “And if death does take me, send the hammered mail of my armor to Higlac, return the inheritance I had from Hrethel, and he from Wayland. Fate will unwind as it must!”
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    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
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    deathfate
  8. #8
    “Do not grieve, wise warrior! It is better for each man that he avenge his friend than to mourn him much. Each of us must accept the end of life here in this world—so we must work while we can to earn fame before death.”
  9. #9
    “Let whoever can win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark.”
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    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
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    deathGlory
  10. #10
    “He strode quickly across the inlaid floor, snarling and fierce: his eyes gleamed in the darkness, burned with a gruesome light. Then he stopped, seeing the hall crowded with sleeping warriors,... and his heart laughed, he relished the sight, intended to tear the life from those bodies by morning.”
    author
    Anonymous
    book
    Beowulf
    character
    Grendel

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  1. #11
    “The swirling surf had covered his death, hidden deep in murky darkness his miserable end, as hell opened to receive him.”
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    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
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    Grendel
    concepts
    deathHell
  2. #12
    “How many wars have been put to rest in a prince’s bed? Few. A bride can bring a little peace, make spears silent for a time, but not long.”
  3. #13
    “A warrior will sooner die than live a life of shame.”
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    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
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    deathShame
  4. #14
    “On Cain’s kindred did the everlasting Lord avenge the murder, for that he had slain Abel; he had no joy of that feud, but the Creator drove him far from mankind for that misdeed. Thence all evil broods were born, ogres and devils and evil spirits — the giants also, who long time fought with God, for which he gave them their reward.”
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    Anonymous
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    God
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    Beowulf
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    Evil
  5. #15
    “The monster wrenched and wrestled with him but Beowulf was mindful of his mighty strength, the wondrous gifts God had showered on him: He relied for help on the Lord of All, on His care and favour. So he overcame the foe, brought down the hell-brute. ”
    author
    Anonymous
    book
    Beowulf
    character
    Grendel
  6. #16
    “No, we two in dark of night shall forego the sword, if he dares to seek war without weapon, and then may wise God, the holy Lord, judge which side will succeed, which one will win glory, as to him seems right.”
    author
    Anonymous
    book
    Beowulf
    character
    Grendel
  7. #17
    “His vanity swelled him so vile and rank that he could hear no voices but his own. He deserved to suffer and die. But Beowulf was a prince well-loved, followed in friendship, not fear.”
  8. #18
    “She’d brooded on her loss, misery had brewed in her heart, that female horror, Grendel’s Mother, living in the murky cold lake assigned her since Cain had killed his only brother, slain his father’s son with an angry sword.”
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    Anonymous
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    Beowulf
    character
    Grendel's Mother
    concept
    Loss
  9. #19
    “Wanting to stay, we go, all beings here on God’s earth, wherever it is written that we go, taking our bodies from death’s cold bed to unbroken sleep that follows life’s feast.”
  10. #20
    “Steams like black clouds, and the groves of trees growing out over their lake are all covered with frozen spray, and wind down snakelike roots that reach as far as the water and help keep it dark. At night that lake burns like a torch. No one knows its bottom, no wisdom reaches such depths.”
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