Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Character Analysis

Ecgtheow, Beowulf's father, once found himself in a blood-feud with the tribe called the Wulfings because he had killed a man named Heatholaf. Ecgtheow sought refuge with King Hrothgar of the Danes, who eventually "healed the feud by paying" (470) – that is, he made reparations to the Wulfings on Ecgtheow's behalf. In return, Ecgtheow pledged his allegiance to Hrothgar. As a result, Beowulf feels that he owes a debt to Hrothgar.

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