During my life, I heard tell the tale of Beowulf, a most wondrous account of heroics and kinship. I was most impressed by this figure Beowulf, who harbored no fear for Death or bodily harm. I must commend him for his Courage, a most valiant companion that led him through his otherworldly travails. I myself quailed when Death came, and learned all too well that no one can forestall that fated journey. In my fear I sought the companionship of both Fellowship and Kindred, and although they professed their love and offered their support, they would not accompany me on my final pilgrimage. So too did Beowulf’s clan and kin eventually fall away, unable or unwilling to step with him to Death.
My next recourse was to turn to my Goods, of which Beowulf is surely rich. He bore the gifts of a kingdom and the battle gear of great figures, the rings of Hrothgar and the great sword Hrunting. My Goods amounted to nothing in the face of Death, and so too did his.
With nowhere else to turn, I called upon my trusted attributes, my Beauty and Strength, my Discretion and Five Wits, and even my Knowledge. These figures helped me in life, and surely so did Beowulf’s. His Strength felled both Grendel and the beast’s abominable Mother, descendants of the hated brother Cain. His Five Wits enabled him a graceful tongue and a taste for boasting and celebration, as well as a fierce sense for battle. Although these traits have helped us both, none were willing to accompany me into Death. Beowulf must have shared the same fate.
I found solace in my own Good Deeds. They alone followed me beyond Death, and a sincere Confession and the strength of my Deeds allowed me a place amongst the angels in Heaven. Does this not mean that Beowulf had no reason to fear Death? His Good Deeds are the stuff of legends. I fear for Beowulf’s soul, only because I wonder if he underwent Confession before leaving the world. Good Deeds are strengthened by sincere Confession, and without such honest repentance, do Beowulf’s Good Deeds outweigh his Pride and his boasting?