However, Hrothgar states that “...His father was Ecgtheow; Hrethel the Geat; Gave him in wedlock his only daughter. Now is their son come, keen for adventure, Finding his way to a faithful friend” (Beowulf 112-115). Hrothgar and Beowulf actually have Uncle and nephew relationship. This relationship proves that Beowulf is the noble birth, and Beowulf also has a family connection with King. Also, family connection helps Beowulf to get fame and honor in the society, so people will notice him as hero, who tries to save them from the danger of
This will be added on to Beowulf’s other characteristics to mold him into a formidable hero.The second quality of Beowulf that makes him the wonderful hero that he is the faith that he shows through his battles and the glory he gives to God for success. This is a prominent feature of all heroes from the Beowulf Era of writing as Catholic and Protestant Christianity was very prominent. Here Beowulf can be seen exemplifying this, “I have borne from Grendel; but God still works wonder on wonder, the Warden-of-Glory.” (Beowulf, Chapter 14) This shows even during a time where Beowulf could show a great deal of pride and boastfulness, he decides to give his blessing of victory to God. This can be attributed to what the people of the time generally considered a good person, and one of the requirements of that was to be religious. Faith is just the second of three qualities that Beowulf possessed; the third is the most prominent of all.Beowulf’s final and most important heroic quality is his bravery and courageousness.
The Geats and the Danes looked up to Beowulf as a leader and a hero. He eventually became a devoted king to the Geats. Beowulf is a hero because he is courageous, brave, and a great warrior. Beowulf’s courageousness is unmatched when being compared to other warriors and people. He feels as if he must show courage, especially during battle.
He was a perfect mold for the descendant of Cain, because of his series of murders and attacks he committed. Beowulf decided to fight Grendel in defense of Hrothgar. Grendel had been lurking after Hrothgar’s warriors and Beowulf would not allow him to anymore. Beowulf believed if Grendel were to win the fight then it would be a terrible day. Grendel would walk around the corpse with no remorse, but only happiness and gloat his victory.
Grendel was known to have attacked innocent soldiers, however; Beowulf attacks, and kills Grendel whereas, his mother will soon take out revenge on his killer. Grendel who is the monster, hated to see the men celebrate their joy after winning victories. In Return, it made Grendel Upset in the movie and textbook when he discovered the men celebrating he goes into the hall once they all were asleep and attacked him. It upsets the Danes that he had killed their men. Beowulf then heard the news and gathered his strongest men to attack Grendel.
He left his land to go help Hrothgar at the mead hall. Beowulf then waited till the monster (Grendel) comes to attack at night again so he could fight and try to kill him, but he fatally wounds Grendel and later he did die. Another trial was when Grendel’s mother and Beowulf fought, and then killed her as well. He came back to Hrothgar’s mead hall with the trophy of Grendel’s head along with the arm that he already previously had. Beowulf got praised for the mighty battle and saving the rest of Hrothgar’s men.
The 3000-line poem has all the components of a heroic tale; filled with drama, magic and fantasy. We are enchanted by the hero of the tale, Beowulf, who saves kingdoms, becomes a great king that was revered by many and then dies tragically as a hero. He was a charismatic leader that a reader or an audience member might infer was needed during the time it was first recited. In the
It all started when Hrothgar, King of the Danes, built a mead hall by the name of Herot. But little did he know that a monster that has been cast out by humanity, now lurks upon the beautiful hall. One night, as the night sky appears, the vicious monster Grendel makes this joyful hall, his very own slaughter house. After this brutal attack, a man named Beowulf hears of the creature that is terrorizing this innocent land. He then gathers his best men, and heads to this land and in courageous honor, requests to defend the kingdom and defeat the monster.
Every one in the castle is terrified of Grendel as well as the King’s warriors. There is only one man that is not afraid to confront this enormous beast, Beowulf. Beowulf is fearless and eventually rips the arm off of Grendel and brings it upon King Hrothgar. The people are overjoyed and feast in the great hall. Grendel’s mother however is furious about the death of her son.
The only thing that would get in the way of their happiness and joy was the monster named Grendel. Grendel lived under the earth, hateful and forged in slime. Grendel was a monster born of Cain, banned by God for the murderous death of his brother Abel. Grendel attacked at night, when the men were asleep. The only survivors were the ones who ran away.