The words which describe the relationship between Hrothgar and Beowulf is respect and loyalty.
In the stories of the Anglo Saxons, Comitatus is the relationship between the ruler and his thanes. In the story, “Beowulf” there exists a relationship of honor, friendship and respect among the ruler and the thanes. Beowulf protects his lord Hrothgar in the first part of the story. Beowulf is willing to fight for Hrothgar as he believes in what he stands for.