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That references to wealth are present all over Old English poetry is beyond doubt; likewise beyond doubt is the fact that representations of wealth attained a form of cult status in our contemporary renditions of Old English
culture: we see Beowulf wanting to feast his eyes on the treasure before he dies, our imagination is captivated by the serendipitous finding of the Staffordshire hoard and we are transfixed by the Beowulfian, Tolkienian,
and Peter Jackson’s dragon guarding the gold-hoard. The present essay shall be an attempt at outlining several of the cultural contexts in which wealth and ideas related to it operated within Old English wisdom poetry.