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Beowulf's funeral is not fully typical of traditional Anglo-Saxon or northern Germanic burials. However, there is one feature that aligns with tradition. What is it and what does it traditionally represent?

A

"Order my troop to construct a barrow
on a headland on the coast...
it will loom on the horizon at Hronesness..." (2802-2803, 2804).

Beowulf's barrow is built on a high point, which traditionally represents his power and glory.

B

Wiglaf uses "a group of seven" to help him carry out Beowulf's wishes (3122). Eight (the seven men plus Wiglaf) was considered a magic number by the Anglo-Saxons as it was closely associated with the god Woden.

C

Beowulf barrow takes "ten days" which traditionally represents his power and glory (3159).

D

"What remained from the fire
they housed inside [a barrow], behind a wall
as worthy of him as their workmanship could make it" (3160-3162).

The wall was traditionally used to show a lord's importance above the rest of his people.

E

"Then twelve warriors rode around the tomb,
chieftains' sons, champions in battle..." (3169-3170).

Twelve men would always ride around a burial mound to represent the twelve apostles.

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