Which aspect of Anglo-Saxon and Northern Germanic culture does the following quotation illustrate?
"Then away they rode, the old retainers
with many a young man following after,
a troop on horseback, in high spirits
on their bay steeds. Beowulf's doings
were praised over and over again.
Nowhere, they said, north or south
between the two seas or under the tall sky
on the board earth was there anyone better..." (852-859)