Rough translation of lines 662 – 674

Then Hrothgar went with his troop of warriors, elder protector of the Shieldings, out of the hall. The war-chief wished to seek Welltheow, the queen for his bedmate. The glory of kings king of glory had, so men heard, a hall-guard set against Grendel; they held special service around the elder protector of the Danes, and offered protection from man-eaters. However, the leader of the Geats Geat people readily trusted a stalwart strength trusted in the brave one’s might, and the measurer’s grace. He took off the metal mailcoat, his helmet from his head, and gave his hursted sword, made of choicest iron, and his battlegear to a military officer vassal to hold.


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