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As he looks on the dragon's gold, Beowulf says,

"to the everlasting Lord of All,
to the King of Glory, I give thanks
that I behold this treasure here in front of me" (2794-2796).

What is the irony in Beowulf thanking God for all the gold he won from the dragon?


He stole it, and Christians look down on stealing.


Christians are taught not to value worldly goods.


God did not help Beowulf gain this gold.


Beowulf is about to give the gold away, so thanks to God are not needed.


God does not need to be thanked for such a small feat.

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