But wyrd forbade him to seize any more of men on earth after that evening.
To these their mother, wyrd, the primitive goddess of fate, added: “With joy once more won.”
Nine there were of them, for wyrd is gracious to the man who is valiant and unafraid.
A belief in wyrd, the mighty power controlling the destinies of men, is the chief religious motive of the epic.
wyrd full nigh stood ready to greet the gray-haired man, to seize his soul-hoard, sunder apart life and body.
In the “Beowulf” it is said:—“wyrd often keeps alive the man who is not destined to die, if his courage is equal to the occasion.”
The dragon is slain, but the fire has entered Beowulf's lungs and he knows that wyrd is at hand.