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|Title:||Relaunching the Hero: The Case of Scyld and Beowulf Re-Opened|
|Citation:||Neophilologus, 2006, 90 (4), pp.621-642|
|Abstract:||The portrait of Scyld with which Beowulf begins sets up a paradigm of heroic society which the rest of the poem gradually shows to be unworkable. Specific treasures are given negative associations in the poem; the possession of treasure does not equate with worth, it fails to ensure loyalty and is finally designated as useless. The poem implies that a society based on the acquisition and distribution of treasure is doomed to feud and ineluctable decline.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of English|
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