A mighty and dangerous battle between Beowulf causes great confliction for the epic hero. During the time, it had seemed that Grendel’s mother was about to win victory over Beowulf. That is until Beowulf used his mighty sword, killing Grendel’s mother. The fact that Beowulf is willing enough to kill Grendel’s mother shows how determined he is to be classified as a
In doing so, that would mean the the son of Hygelac would be stripped of his own inheritance, which is dishonorable in Beowulf’s eyes, and thus he declines the offer. The continued honor shown in Beowulf’s character shines through when Beowulf never mentions that Unferth’s trusted sword was no match for Grendel’s mother. Beowulf could have simply boasted how the sword was useless and ineffective against the female beast, yet he was silent out of respect for Unferth. Finally, during Beowulf’s time as ruler (fifty winters), another beast arrives: a dragon. This time, Beowulf is much older and is in a much weaker state than when he first defeated Grendel and his mother.
He knew of Grendel's fierce attacks on the Danes but he still came to fight him. While Beowulf is describing his lineage he states, “what dark doer of hateful deeds in the black nights, shows in terrible manner strange malice, injury and slaughter.” Beowulf hears of Grendel's wrath and prepared himself and his thanes to fight instead of backing up and allowing the Danes to continue suffering. Finally Grendel is confident because he wants to fight Grendel without any weapons or armour, he does this because he hears that Grendel doesn't use any weapons so he won't either. This is shown in the text when Beowulf says, “I scorn to bear sword or broad shield, yellow wood, to the battle, but with my grasp I shall grapple with the enemy and fight for life, foe against foe.” Beowulf wants to defeat Grendel with his own
The epic oral poem, Beowulf, is well known for many things. It is known for its great use of a hero and its engaging story. The poem is about Beowulf and his journey as a hero. Beowulf is known for being a great hero, and was well known back when it was told by bards in the 1000’s AD. Many attributes of Beowulf’s character can be seen throughout the story.
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
The story of Beowulf depicts an invincible character who slowly reveals his mortality as the tale progresses. At the beginning, the reader is introduced to a son of royal blood who was known for his strength and victory in battle. Other than the fame he had gained from whom he descended and the victories he had won, Beowulf was just like everyone else. He had no gift from the Anglo-Saxon Gods, nor was he granted power from a magical sword. A series of three battles allows the reader to understand things about Beowulf that reveal the mortal side of him.
Unlike the Germanic tribes that roamed the earth above him, Grendel lived with the sole purpose of “opposing the Lord’s Will, and again and again defeated.” Meanwhile, as he was born human, the heroic character Beowulf was considered to be a descendant of the Lord. He was also a firm follower of God, always believing in His mysterious ways. Beowulf’s devotion and fate to the Lord above was especially evident when he believed that God was the one who showed him the sword made by the Giants, which he used to defeat Grendel’s mother. The portrayal of someone who constantly defied the will of God by the alienated character Grendel and the embodiment of the heroic character Beowulf as someone who greatly admired the Lord show the value of practicing religion in the Anglo-Saxon
Beowulf is about how the Danes built a great mead hall to gather and Grendel came and ruined it, killing a lot of the Danes in the process. Beowulf accepts Hrothgar's favor to fight Grendel, and Beowulf goes off and boasts about his accomplishments. He fights Grendel and wins! Towards the end, Beowulf dies due to a dragon bite. Grendel does not deserve sympathy because he invaded the Mead Hall, killed humans, and was irredeemable.
Beowulf received many intangible glories for defeating Grendel's mother. “A protector of his people, pledged to uphold truth and justice and to respect tradition, is entitled to affirm that this man was born to distinction. Beowulf, my friend, your fame has gone far and wide, you are known everywhere. In all things you are even-tempered, prudent and resolute. So I stand firm by the promise of friendship we exchanged before.