Unferth: My King, for deliverance our people sacrifice goats and sheep to Odin and Heimdall. With your permission, shall we also pray to the new Roman god, Christ Jesus? Perhaps he can lift our affliction.
Hrothgar: No, Unferth, no. No, the gods will do nothing for us that we will not do for ourselves. What we need is a hero.
Hrothgar expresses to Unferth his lack of faith in religious deities and a desire for a real hero to step up.