Read the excerpt from beowulf. which of heorot's qualities do these lines depict?
the greatest of hall-buildings; heorot he named it
who wide-reaching word-sway wielded ’mong earlmen.
his promise he brake not, rings he lavished,
treasure at banquet. towered the hall up
high and horn-crested, huge between antlers:
Heorot does not only serve as a meeting place for the King and his warriors but it is also a place where the King's wealth are displayed like jewels, armors, gold, etc. Feasts and merriment are also enjoyed in Heorot and it is the place where the warriors bed down to sleep at night. It serves as protection for the King and his family because the Heorot is the first living area the attackers must pass through before they can reach the rooms of the King. Since warriors are sleeping there, they can defend the King from enemy attacks.
In these lines, we encounter a description of Heorot, the great hall. The text highlights several of Heorot's characteristics. It tells us that it was "the greatest of hall-buildings" (its greatness). Also, with the phrases "rings he lavished" and "treasure at banquet" we learn that everything in the hall was elegant and full of splendour. Finally, with the phrase "towered the hall up," we learn that the hall was extremely large.
The correct answer is B. These lines depict Heorot's grandeur.
In Beowulf, Heorot is Hrothgar's mead-hall, which is the place where the warriors drink and eat. This is also the hall that Beowulf defends against the monster. The hero saves Heorot from being attacked by Grendel. In this excerpt, Heorot is described as a splendid grand hall ("the greatest of hall-buildings"). Furthermore, its size, which is wide-reaching, is also characterized as impressive.
The lines in this excerpt from Beowulf depict Heorot's qualities of elegance. This characteristic that was depicted in the lines from the excerpt is how Heorot was usually depicted: "the foremost of halls under heaven". Therefore, Heorot was extravagant and elegant.
Who wide-reaching word-sway wielded ’mong earlmen.
His promise he brake not, rings he lavished,
Treasure at banquet. Towered the hall up
High and horn-crested, huge between antlers
Thus, Heorot was elegant, extravagant, filled up and spaciously massive.