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Connection to the Hávamál

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In the Norse poem, the Hávamál , Odin states the following aphorism:

Cattle die, kinsmen die,
the self must also die;
but glory never dies,
for the man who is able to achieve it.

Which quotation from Beowulf do these lines best match?

A

"Fate goes ever as fate must" (455).

B

"For the son of Ecgtheow, it was no easy thing
to have to give ground like that and go
unwillingly to inhabit another home
in a place beyond; so every man must yield
the leasehold of his days "(2587-2591).

C

"Often when one man follows his own will
many are hurt. This happened to us" (3077-3078).

D

"They extolled his heroic nature and exploits
and gave thanks for his greatness; which was the proper thing..." (3173-3175).

E

"They said that of all the kings upon the earth
he was the man most gracious and fair-minded,
kindest to his people and keenest to win fame" (3180-3182).