Beowulf

Lines 1925–2210

1

Then on the beach the curved wide boat was loaded with war-gear, the ring-prowed ship filled with horses and treasures. The mast towered high over the hoard of riches given out by Hrothgar.

2

It would take long to recount how I then repaid that enemy of people for each of his evils, while the deeds I performed there, my dear prince, brought honor to your people.

3

Hygelac laid the sword on the lap of Beowulf, and handed over to him seven thousand hides of land, with a hall and a prince’s seat.

4

then Beowulf became ruler of the broad kingdom, the realm of the Geats, which he ruled over well for fifty long winters—