Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Important Qualities in Maldon and Homecoming

One of the qualaties that seemed really emphasized to me in both "The Battle of Maldon" and "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son" was the love that the men had for Beorhtnoth. Even after he died, most of his men stayed fighting and died at his side. If the men didn't respect or love him, I think they would have just ran and saved themselves. No one wants to fight for a man they hate. In a similar event, Tor and Tid continue with their job of hauling their lord's body to the wagon to take it to the funeral even after the shadowy figures appear. Even though they agree that he was too prideful and it was his desicions that killed all the British soldiers, they still speak of him with loving and adoring words. Having your men love you is a continuing theme I find in both these works as well as "The Lord of the Rings". A quick way to judge the ability and worthiness of a leader is to see what his men think of him.

1 comment:

Aredhel said...

I totally agree! And it's really prevalent in The Lord of the Rings, also. We see it with Theoden and his knights at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields and even with Aragorn and the Dunedain from the North who follow him through the Paths of the Dead aka ultimate terror.