The Anglo-Saxon Hero

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The Anglo-Saxon Hero Putting all the greatest warriors in the world would be not match for Beowulf. From fighting monsters of the sea to the most dangerous Dragons, no creature is as strong as Beowulf. The story of Beowulf come from an unknown scop. His stories of Beowulf could be hears from every corner in every Anglo-Saxon mead hall. Beowulf’s story starts when he hears stories of an evil monster killing all the heros in Herot’s mead hall, Beowulf finds a worthy group of men from his village and then sets of to save Herot. This is a trait that Anglo-Saxon epic heros show in many of their stories, they always fight against evil. When he arrives in Herot, Beowulf speaks to King Hrothgar, Beowulf speaks to King Hrothgar promising to rid Herot of Grendel. When Beowulf speaks to the king he boasts about his past accomplishments showing another trait of an Anglo-Saxon epic hero. He “boasts” about his past accomplishments to King Hrothgar “ I drove five great giants into chains, chased all of that race from the earth. I swam in the blackness of night, hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one.” Beowulf lives up to his promise to King Hrothgar, he has his plan to catch Grendel by surprise. He watched Grendel make the first move watching his attack. He then attacked Grendel catching him by surprise. The scop explains Beowulf’s super natural strength by saying “ That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime, knew at one that nowhere on earth had he met a man whose hands were harder; his mind was flooded with fear- but nothing could take his talons and himself from that tight hand grip. Grendal’s one thought was to run from Beowulf...” In many of the Anglo-Saxon stories the hero considered “the strongest man alive.” The battles were detailed and graphic to show how strong the hero really was. All great Anglo-Saxon heros,
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