Beowulf

Beowulf Hrothgar’s Early Reign (Lines 64–85) Summary & Analysis

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Analysis
Hrothgar is successful in battle, and gains followers and treasure. He constructs Heorot, the most magnificent mead-hall ever built, and a good place to feast, listen to the singing of the bards, and give gifts of gold to his followers.
Hrothgar's excellent kingly qualities are symbolized in Heorot, a place for his people to eat, socialize, and hear their history sung by bards.
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However, the narrator mentions that in the future Heorot will burn because of a feud between son-in-law and father-in-law.
When the unity of the Danes is destroyed, Heorot is also destroyed.
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