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We are given a glimpse of Hrothgar’s wise character when he delivers the speech on pride to Beowulf. Hrothgar warns him about the perils that could befall him which have nothing to do with the physical battles fought with one’s enemy but arise from the internal struggles against evil. From the way the speech is delivered, the reader can tell that Hrothgar is speaking out of his experience and the knowledge that comes with age. His generosity is also on display when he judiciously shares his treasure with Beowulf, an appropriate reward for Beowulf’s deeds.