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Loyalty to Hygelac

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Before Beowulf jumps into the water, he reminds Hrothgar to act as his father should he die, but demonstrates his ultimate troth to Hygelac by saying:

A

He calls Hygelac "gold-friend to retainers" (1477)

B

"Take care
of my young company, my comrades in arms" (1481).

C

"Let the lord of the Geats gaze on that gold" (1484).

D

"I found a ring-giver of rare magnificence" 1486).

E

"To that far-famed man I bequeath my own
sharp honed, wave sheened wonderblade" (1489-1490).