‘Now Holy God
has, in His Goodness, guided him here
to the West-Danes, to defend us from Grendel.
This is my hope; and for his heroism
I will recompense him with a rich treasure.’

Beowulf, Seamus Heaney (trans.)

Lines 381-385: Hrothgar promises Beowulf he will be richly rewarded if he delivers the West-Danes from Grendel.