Thursday, March 31, 2011

As we continue to discuss the importance of treasure in Beowulf, I am constantly reminded of Smaug's horde in The Hobbit. Treasure plays an enormous role in both stories, both as a goal for the protagonists and heroes and as a bane. The stolen treasure of the Dwarves was more important to Thorin than peace between the Lonely Mountain and its neighbors, and this stance cost him his life in the end. While Beowulf was mortally wounded by the dragon itself while protecting his people and kingdom, the allure of the dragon's horde must be taken into consideration. If there had been no horde, would Beowulf have still attempted to face the dragon alone? We will never know...

1 comment:

Theodred said...

The importance of treasure in Beowulf reminded me of Smaug's horde as well. While I agree that the dragon's horde in Beowulf must have been tempting and been one of the contributing factors to Beowulf's action of fighting the dragon along, I also think his pride might have had some effect. Although he seems less prideful as he becomes older, it might still be possible that some part of his pride drives him to try to fight the dragon alone.