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The Heroic Significance of Christ in The Dream of the Rood Incorporating traditional Anglo Saxon beliefs of heroism using the image of Christ on the crossover allows the poet of The Dream of the Rood to effectively convey the advantages of Christianity to ancient musicians. By comparing characteristics, responsibilities, and therapy of heroes from Beowulf and the Battle of Maldon to the depiction of Christ in the Dream of the Rood, it becomes evident that the image of Christ has been shifted to mimic that of epic warriors. Through this melding of epic faith and Christianity, the poet of Rood is able to show how Christ can turn into the ultimate ring Lord or giver. Dominant characteristics of heroes in Beowulf and The Battle of Maldon revolve around their willingness to do battle to be able to protect their kinsman and treasure. At the start of The Battle of Maldon, Birhtnoth clearly shows this characteristic with this statement to the Vikings: "it seems to me too shameful that you need to go unfought to ship with all our tribute" (Maldon 105). In his desire to honour, Birhtnoth would rather risk death in battle than pay enemies off with treasure. Turning away from a epic challenge lessens Birhtnoth's image as a heroic person. His kinsmen could no more favor him with respect and loyalty if he didn't uphold his duty to resist and protect the tribe. Another illustration of this is given in Beowulf whenever the king Beowulf is preparing for battle against the dragon. "This fight is not yours, nor can it be up to some man except me to measure his strength or prove his worth" (Beowulf 86). This passage again illustrates that it is ultimately up to the hero to fight the enemy and protect the kinsman from pillaging and death. With these.