Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Age affects values?
The individualism constantly displayed in Beowulf reminds me of Eomer’s battle with Ugluk. I remember from LOTR that Eomer actually dismounted his horse and fought Ugluk one-on-one. I also think it is interesting that Eomer is young. By contrast, I cannot think of one time where Aragorn (older royalty) decides to fight alone unless he absolutely has to. The only time I recall Aragorn fighting somewhat alone is against the black riders at WhetherTop, but it is not like he had an army behind him (as Eomer did). It was brought up in class that Beowulf seems individualistic as a youth and then more open to collaboration in his attempt to protect his people in his older age. I feel like Beowulf fighting Grendel and Eomer fighting Ugluk alone (despite having armies to aid them) shows that pride and glory are important for younger men to have in these warrior societies (in both LOTR and Beowulf). As Beowulf gets older (and wiser) he becomes more similar to Aragorn. Despite the fact that they both make kingly transformations, I think that the older Beowulf and Aragorn are more open to working with others if it means a better chance to protect their people (or the world in LOTR). Instead of hard-earned glory and pride, it is more important for the success of their people (or good in LOTR). Youth = acting on pride? Age = Wisdom = collaboration overpowering pride?