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What is one possible explanation for a dearth of references to God in the last 124 lines of the epic, despite the fact that they are describing Beowulf's funeral?


God has abandoned Beowulf.


Beowulf does not need God now that he's dying and dead.


Beowulf is likely a Pagan. It is best to leave God out of this section.


Beowulf's fate is so clear that no mention of God is needed.


The Christian transcribers simply couldn't figure out a natural-sounding way to work God into these lines.

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