Imagery in Beowulf
The poet uses another Christian image in this section, which again highlights the distinction between Christianity and paganism. Since Beowulf would have not used such words, the poet is potentially finding ways of connecting the Christian present and the pagan past.
Pagan funeral rights included burning the corpse while Christians believed the only proper funeral was burial. This image would have drawn a sharp line for the poem's audience between their new religion, Christianity, and the old pagan beliefs.