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The gift with meaning

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How does Hygelac's rewarding Beowulf with seven thousand hides demonstrate the value he places on his thane (2195-2196)?

A

Giving Beowulf a gift of leather demonstrates Hygelac's concern for Beowulf's well-being since leather is warm in the winter.

B

Giving Beowulf a gift of leather demonstrates Hygelac's trust for Beowulf since he knows Beowulf will not use the leather to create battle gear to be used against the lord.

C

Giving Beowulf cattle shows Hygelac's concern for Beowulf's well-being since cattle is a valuable source of food.

D

Giving Beowulf land shows Hygelac trusts Beowulf not to start his own rival tribe.

E

Giving Beowulf land shows Hygelac's love for Beowulf and desire that he start his own tribe.