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[946 ff] Nū ic, Bēowulf, þec etc. See 1175 f., 1479. The relationship entered into by Hrōðgār and Bēowulf does not signify adoption in the strict legal sense, but implies fatherly friendship and devoted helpfulness respectively, suggesting at any rate the bonds of loyal retainership (see Antiq. § 2). Cf. Chadwick H. A. 374 v. Amira L 9.10.1 § 60. [Scherer L 5.5.480 ff.; Müller L 9.28.19 f., Rietschel, R.-L. i 38 f]

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