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How does Hygelac's rewarding Beowulf with seven thousand hides demonstrate the value he places on his thane (2195-2196)?
Giving Beowulf a gift of leather demonstrates Hygelac's concern for Beowulf's well-being since leather is warm in the winter.
Giving Beowulf a gift of leather demonstrates Hygelac's trust for Beowulf since he knows Beowulf will not use the leather to create battle gear to be used against the lord.
Giving Beowulf cattle shows Hygelac's concern for Beowulf's well-being since cattle is a valuable source of food.
Giving Beowulf land shows Hygelac trusts Beowulf not to start his own rival tribe.
Giving Beowulf land shows Hygelac's love for Beowulf and desire that he start his own tribe.