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This front matter section of this book titled Heroic Identity in the World of Beowulf contains the table of contents, the acknowledgements, the author's note, and the abbreviations used. The book emphasizes Beowulf's identity as a foreign fighter seeking glory abroad. Such men resemble wreccan, &t;exiles&t; compelled to leave their homelands due to excessive violence. Beowulf may be potentially arrogant, therefore, but he learns prudence.

Keywords: Beowulf; heroic identity



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