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imitated and even worshipped. Indeed, this self-glorification does not coincide with Christian beliefs. One can argue that as Christ is God s son, the Rood and the Anglo-Saxon heroes are mere creations by this God. As Christ never assumes equal status with God, these heroes take the place of God in their society. John 3:16 indicates .for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him… x and .Him x refers to Christ. When the Rood asks the people to worship it, it is not merely a representation of Christ s suffering, but a hero of its people. This form of self-glorification cannot be seen in Christ. When Christ declares to be the Son of God, he is stating his status. The Rood, however, was a tree that was .dragged off by strong

enemies… x for the purpose of glorifying the Son of God(The Rood, 41). Indeed, Christ did not have in mind for the people to worship a tree. .The Rood x states its separate entity from Christ. .The Tree of Victory x becomes itself a figure that must be worshipped by its people. In fact, the Anglo-Saxon society views its heroes as gods through the scops of the society. In Anglo-Saxon literature, scops acquire the power to influence and preserve their tradition, history and culture. The scops glorify the heroes of their times according to their deeds which uphold the values of that society. In addition, the scops give the heroes of their society power to be immortal. They honor their heroes as gods and inevitably honor the values that these heroes uphold. The Rood is one of the

Anglo-Saxon heroes that represents the importance of sacrifice of enduring crucial suffering in order to benefit its society. Regardless of its former status, the Rood s deeds reinforce the values of the Anglo-Saxon sense of loyalty that makes them fearless in the face of wierd. In the face of the approaching death, these heroes are portrayed as honoring their community more than their lives. Thus, by remembering and worshipping these heroes, the Anglo-Saxons tend to honor their society. 33c