Why might Gardner have introduced Hrothulf (Hrothgar's nephew) into the narrative? What does this character allow Gardner to explore or suggest?


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Hrothgar’s nephew, Hrothulf betrays his cousin and usurps his throne. I think he exists as a juxtaposition to Beowulf's code of loyalty and honour. Gardner is able to explore the flip side of a righteous warrior leader. He represents everything that Beowulf is not.