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In the following quote

Time and again,
Beowulf's warriors worked to defend
their lord's life, laying about them
as best they could with their ancestral blades (793-796)

Why are their blades ineffective?


And now the timbers
trembled and sang,
a hall-session that harrowed every Dane
inside the stockade (766-768)


Before then, no Shielding elder would believe
there was any power or person upon earth
capable of wrecking their horn-rigged hall (777-779)


He had conjured the harm
from the cutting edge of every weapon (803-804)


No blade on earth, no blacksmith's art
could ever damage their demon opponent (801-802)


Every nail,
claw-scale and spur, every spike
and welt on the hand of that heathen brute
was like barbed steel (983-986)

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