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Benjamin A. Saltzman

). These scenes repeatedly emphasize the coherent gathering and unity (we might say, ‘intimacy’) of the Danes, reinforced at each of the several stages in which Beowulf and his troop are granted, with some scepticism, entrance into this intimate community and finally into Heorot itself. 17 After Beowulf enters and exchanges words with Hrothgar about Grendel's terror (the external threat), he and his troop are invited to sit on a bench inside the hall. These welcoming and inclusive gestures through which the Geats are

in Dating Beowulf