Around ninety lines, the Finn episode is mysterious and its intention is unknown. The singer could just as well have started singing “He’s a Jolly Good-Fellow”. Why does the singer stop and sing something so dark in the middle of celebrating Grendel’s death? What point is the author of Beowulf trying to make with this seemingly unrelated story? Some think that this episode is “regarded as the main point of the story in Beowulf” (Klaeber 544-549). However, others have ar...
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