It is a fair night in Geatland, and Beowulf is celebrating his victory over Grendel's Mother in the mead hall Higlac built for his nephew. The mead hall is named The Court of Champions.
Beowulf is an archetypal story known by generations around the world. Beowulf took place during Anglo-Saxon English time period. In this work, Beowulf, a young Geat man, journeys to Denmark to save the Danes from the wrath of the demonic Grendel. During Anglo-Saxon time, Beowulf was a folk song only passed around by word of mouth. Monks eventually transferred it to paper since they were the only ones capable of writing. The tale contains multiple elements that have been analyzed throughout time. One of the most renowned elements to this well known story is the Hero Quest. The mythological and archetypal Hero Quest is portrayed in Beowulf through the call, obstacles, climax, and return.
Grendel’s mother, a swamp-hag, comes to the mead-hall seeking revenge for the death of her son. She murders one of Hrothgar’s most trusted advisers, before running away back to the swamp. To avenge the death of the trusted advisor, the company travels to the murky swamp, where Beowulf dives straight into the water without hesitation. Beowulf then begins to fight Grendel’s mother in her underwater lair. He kills her with a sword that was made for a giant, and then he ends up finding the corpse of Grendel. Beowulf decapitates Grendel’s head to bring back to Hrothgar as another trophy. After Beowulf has defeated Grendel’s mother, the Danish countryside now find themselves free of its treacherous monsters. This is a great battle for Beowulf because he has now saved the Danes, and he has revenged them. The Danes were obviously overjoyed by Beowulf’s victory once again, and this time his fame was spread across the kingdom. Beowulf had a lot of pride for his past victories, so winning these great battles have backed up his prideful spirit and
Beowulf had done the unthinkable—he had killed a demon that no warrior of Denmark could have done. This opened several new doors for Beowulf, including one that promised of honor, glory, and riches. Beowulf had achieved his goal of fame, a goal which had created a poem of a hero that birthed and shaped a story to be told even years later. Furthermore, Beowulf’s fame was set in stone by Hrothgar, the king who owed Beowulf his everything, including his thanks. After giving Beowulf the speech to further glorify his prominence, Hrothgar declares, “Glory is now yours/ Forever and ever; your courage has earned it,/ And your strength” (953-956). Beowulf’s life had been remolded by his victory, building a story beyond his
After Beowulf defeated Grendel he leaves and Grendel’s Mom comes and seeks revenge for her fallen son. When Beowulf returns the King of the Danes, Hrothgar, is in mourning because Grendel’s Mom killed one of his best warriors. Beowulf tells Hrothgar that is it not a time for mourning and that it is a time for action. “All men must die; let him who may Win glory ere death. That guerdon is best For the noble man when his name survives him.” (Lines 898-900) Beowulf wants to be remember for something heroic, so he fights Grendel’s Mom. He fights for fame and
14) Beowulf attempted to comfort Hrothgar and the warriors by exclaiming, “Let your sorrow end! It is better for us all to avenge our friends, not mourn them forever”. He then aims to convince Hrothgar that “for the glory of his name, fame after death is the noblest of goals”. Beowulf believes it is worth dying for a good
Beowulf heard the cries for help from the heroes as well as, his grandson, Hrothgar. He came to help them out. Beowulf brought 14 of his best companions to go along and help him defeat the monster that they do not know about yet. Took them roughly 24 hours to make it to where Hrothgar is. When they reached the mead hall (Heorot), they then found out that Grendel is the one that has been killing
Beowulf, a skilled warrior and was believed to be the strongest of all the lands, heard about the distress in Heorot and decided to make the voyage to assist King Hrothgar. When Beowulf and his men arrived in Heorot, the natives were intimidated by the appearance of his ship and his men, which showed the first act of pride in Beowulf. Beowulf and his men had successfully proved to the people of Heorot that Beowulf believed that he could kill the monster and save the land of Heorot. Hrothgar assigned the duty of killing Grendel to Beowulf and his men, and told them to party, which attracts and angers Grendel, and wait for Beowulf. Grendel entered the mead hall while Beowulf laid patient and observant, waiting for the perfect time to attack, with his bare hands. Beowulf attacked and tore off the arm of Grendel, mortally wounding him.Beowulf, not only upheld the warrior code of conduct, to trust in himself, but took the fight against Grendel to the extreme. He decided to fight without the use of a
When Beowulf goes to fight Grendel, he is called to the adventure by the word of Grendel’s attack being spread from country to country. Beowulf then goes to Daneland to tell the King Hrothgar, he is there to defend them. He crosses the first threshold by walking into Heorot and waiting for Grendel to attack again. In the story Beowulf, Beowulf does not encounter any temptresses or any ladies that could deter him from his quest. Hrothgar though does give Beowulf his blessing in fighting Grendel, and then that time comes. The fight with Grendel happens and when it is over Beowulf is celebrated for winning against the heinous demon. When he returns home, his is greeted by his people and is crowned king of the Geatland, ruling for fifty years before the fateful fight with the
Following his battles, Grendel and Grendel’s mother, Hrothgar and his men celebrate and thank him for his acts of bravery with many cherished gifts. Beowulf is also glorified as his people construct a barrow in his memory. As his acts are significant, Beowulf is glorified for bringing peace to Hrothgar’s people.
But it is something bigger than the battle with Grendel and Grendel’s Mother. It’s a dragon who has come and is trying to take over his world. He fights the dragon and he has defeated but the wound the dragon had gave him is getting worse. He comes to an end and the last words he says is that he would have wanted to bestow his armor to his son, but he does not have one. The geats bury jewels, gold and treasures in the barrow to honor Beowulf. Twelve of them ride the tomb singing dirges, honoring Beowulf by describing his heroic deeds.
Near the end of his life as a king, Beowulf found that his citizens were being terrorized by a dragon. Although he was old and grizzled, the king took it on in battle. He showed tremendous courage even when knowing the odds were not in his favor. Previously, during his time in Denmark, Beowulf killed Grendel’s mother with the sword made for a giant. This showed his superhuman strength because as an ordinary human being Beowulf was able to handle and control the giant’s sword. In an earlier battle, Beowulf was able to once again exhibit his enormous strength by single handedly tearing off the arm of an enemy giant, Grendel. Lastly, before all of the battles, Beowulf displays his extreme intelligence. After being unjustly embarrassed by Unferth, Beowulf decided to reply in a civil manner. In his reply, he accurately refuted all of Unferth’s claims and turns the embarrassment on him. By responding cordially, he was able to dissolve any potential tension between the Geats and Danes.
Furthermore, Beowulf’s death and the downfall of his people highlight the destruction caused by excessive pride. After defeating Grendel and his mother, Beowulf , the warrior, earns a name for himself and eventually rules as the warrior king of the Geats for 50 years. Yet at the end of the poem, Beowulf, similarly to Grendel, lets his insatiable greed consume him. His self-centered desire to gain and maintain fame and glory overrides his duties as a leader of his people, the Geats, and causes him to become irrational. He irrationally decides to battle with the dragon that was causing mayhem in his kingdom alone. This is evident when the speaker describes Beowulf’s decision to face the dragon alone by stating that, “the prince of rings was too proud,/ to
The heroic protagonist Beowulf, from the epic poem “Beowulf,” can be viewed as a righteous, altruistic hero rather than an egotistic person. One occurrence of his selflessness can be found within the conversation between Beowulf and Hrothgar. Beowulf explains that if he defeats Grendal, then he prefers that the victory news will not be spread throughout the land. Beowulf proclaims,”I beg one favor—refuse me not,/ Since I come thus faring from far-off lands—/ That I may alone with my loyal earls,/ With this hardy company, cleanse Hart-Hall”(333-336). He is committing this act of extreme bravery out of the kindness of his heart instead of for wealth and fame. Acting out for the betterment of others over oneself is a true selfless way to
When killing the enemy he was smart, brave, and noble. Beowulf knew the perfect tactic to bring out Grendel. Beowulf then eventually kills Grendel by tearing off his arm. For this everyone loves him and gives him great treasure especially the king. Although Beowulf liked the gifts he never asked for them. He was only trying to help out King Hrothgar and wanted to fight. Although defeating Grendel was not enough Grendel 's mother had to be defeated to for trying to kill people in the town. Beowulf took the challenge. When Beowulf goes to her he feels as if though he is going to die. She takes him to her lair Beowulf fears for his life until they get inside the lair. There he kills her and takes Grendel 's head as a gift for the king along with the giant 's sword. This proves his loyalty to the king and Drane-folk. During this fight, everyone waited for anxiously. When they saw the blood they knew Beowulf was dead but, he wasn 't. When he showed up to the mead-hall everybody was proud of him. Giving him more gifts and treasure. Throughout this story, he proves over and over how brave