The influences of Religion and God are apparent in the poem Beowulf. Both Christianity and Pagan beliefs are found throughout the story of Beowulf. Though Beowulf has spiritual strength, he is not always concerned with Christian virtues. When the Geats arrive in Denmark, "they thanked God that the sea voyage had been easy for them," (pg 5) but later, Beowulf's want for material rewards, and fame are connected with the Pagan nonreligious ways. Beowulf receives material gifts when he defeats Grendel's mother. "Then the brave man, the son of Ecglaf, bade him bear Hrunting, take his sword, his dear blade; he thanked him for the gift; said that he counted him a good friend in battle, mighty in war; in no wise did he belittle the sword's edge; that was a brave warrior." (pg 33) Though material posses are important to him, he also wants to please God.
Christian virtues are expressed in Hrothgar's speech to Beowulf, he says "may holy God in his graciousness send him to us, to the West-Danes as I hope, against the terror of Grendel." (pg7) After Beowulf defeats Grendel, Hrothgar tells him "now I will love thee in my heart as my son, Beowulf, best of men; keep well the new kinship." (pg17) This display of emotion is part of Christian belief. Also, there is terrible war going on around Hrothgar, and he is still concerned with his belief in God. Hrothgar tells Beowulf "I suffered much that was hateful, sorrows at the hands of Grendel; ever may God, the glorious protector perform wonder after wonder." (pg 17) Though Hrothgar has in obviously belief in God, in the Danes" time of crisis he nearly abandons his Christian beliefs, "sometimes in their temples they vowed sacrifices, they petitioned with prayers that the slayer of souls should succour them for the people's distress." (pg 4).
When it is time for Beowulf to fight Grendel, Hrothgar knows the outcome is up to God. When Hrothgar talks with Beowulf before he goes to fight Grendel, he says "God may easily part the bold enemy from his deeds.