I find this tale to be one of intriguing words, words that sate me more than the other tales we have heard of late. I grow tired of only hearing of animals as if they are to be the same as I, and to hear this tale were witnessed by a man is of great comfort to me. The words that I heard in that tale do ring true, but I feel that some are of a lesson I did not learn until the end of mine lyfe.
I mostly speak of the words that sayeth to the reader that it is only a fool who fight so that his life be placed in danger for the sake of something without value. As ye all know, mine most mortal enemies were Grendel and that dragon which ravaged the lands that called me their sovereign. That dragon hoarded much treasure that it had taken from mine lands, and yet it fought to defend such treasure. I do not understand why it did so, for a dragon could not see the value in what it had taken and why would such a beast fight a man such as I over goods if not to be a fool?
But the swallow’s message is clear, I think. The swallow advises that a smart man must cleanse the world of things that may place his life in the path of danger, a lesson I think all men should follow. Is that not what I did when I slew Grendel, that foul beast, and the beast that begat him? Or when I slew that dragon? Was I not cleansing this world of that which would endanger my own life and the lives of my fellows? Aye, I would say that I am the perfect example of the swallow’s words! Live as I did, my friends, and ye shall live without fear! Without concern! Ye shall live as intended!