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and face their wierd. However, their keeping of the allegiance enables them to hope for the reward that is eternal. These heroes believe that their reputation lives on in their society after they die. Their example preserves their community in that it promotes some of the moral values they cherish. Thus, their desire to preserve these moral values gain precedence over their desire to live. The Rood also desires to benefit its community. The .Lord s rood… shall fetch [the persons of the society] forth from this fleeting life and then shall bring [these persons] where there is great rejoicing x(The Rood, 140-141). The scop refers the heaven as an eternal place of .great rejoicing. x The Rood desires to direct the people of its society to reach that eternal place and its

short-lived suffering becomes a significant accomplishment that provides the only salvation. Similarly, the heroes of the Maldon through their sacrifice desire to protect their community. Bryhtnoth states in the .Maldon x, .my prayer is this, that the hates of hell may not harm her x(180). The heroes of the Maldon intend to protect their community through their sacrifice. As a consequence, their fearless dedication to serve their community reflects their active acceptance of their death. Although the Anglo-Saxon heroes sacrifice themselves in order to benefit the their community, they do not forsake their personal gains. In other words their actions reflect what is considered important to themselves than an act of self denial. Unlike those who decide to abandon the allegiance and

save their lives, the heroes realize that neglecting the pact made with their community brings guilt and shame. In the Anglo-Saxon society, .a man cannot linger when his lord lies unaligned among Vikings, cannot value breath x(The Maldon, 260). In this society, one s honor depends on whether or not one dedicates one s life to serve the lord. This honor pertains to not only retaining a favorable reputation in one s community, the heroes believe that their loyalty saves their soul. A hero in the .Maldon x indicates that his .soul may unscathed cross in [God s] keeping x when it benefits its society(177). The outcome of their sacrifice outweighs the preservation of their lives. Therefore, they are able to overcome the fear of death. Also, the compensation for their suffering is

acquiring fame among the people in their society. As the heroes are reminded as the fearless upholders of their allegiance protecting the values of their community, Beowulf states, .In my youth I engaged in many wars. Old guardian of the people, I shall still seek battle, perform a deed of fame x(Beowulf, 59). In Anglo-Saxon literature, the heroes that seek to benefit their community allow themselves to be honored by the people. This .fame x indicates Beowulf s courageous deeds which will be widely known and that he will gain respect from the people. This desire for fame appears in .The Rood x also. In fact, the Rood proclaims its acquisition of the fame from the people. It declares, .Now, my dear man, you may understand that I have suffered to the end the pain of grievous

sorrows at the hands of dwellers in misery. The time is now come that men on earth and all this marvellous creation shall honor me far and wide and address themselves in prayer to this sign x(The Rood, 78-82). The act of suffering that the heroes of the Anglo-Saxon literature experience have an expected reward, which is to acquire power over its people. Even in their death-beds, the Anglo-Saxon heroes are reminded to proclaim their faithfulness to their community which their society honors by forever preserving it in its writings. The Anglo-Saxon heroes are remembered for their deaths. The heroes deaths need to coincide with benefiting their community. Thus, Beowulf .as[the] keeper of the folk,… had performed the greatest deeds of glory, daring actions x even to his death

(Beowulf,61). Therefore, the heroes of the Anglo-Saxon literature are expected to bring glory unto themselves through their deeds. The Anglo-Saxon hero, the Rood, also brings glory unto itself. The Rood brings unto himself the Christ s suffering along with His glorification. Thus, the Rood expects people to honor it for its deeds and even consider it as a god. .The Rood x asks the people to .worship it fully x (The Rood, 90). The writer of .The Rood x considers it as a god-like figure and not just as a metonymical figure of Christ s suffering. The Anglo-Saxon heroes, through the writers preserve their fame. They actively seek out what they consider is important to remain immortal. As their deeds live to influence their community, they become a god of their society honored,