Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Ideals

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Beowulf is an Old English epic poem written by an unknown author, between the 8th and 11th century. The poem takes place in present day Denmark and Sweden and is often referred to as one of the most important works of the Anglo-Saxon literature. The epic poem Beowulf is also known to be one of the oldest surviving epics in British Literature. In the poem, Beowulf, who is a hero of the Geats, has to endure many dangers and must battle with many enemies to obtain his victory. During his journey he fights three monsters; Grendel, Grendels mother, and a fire-breathing dragon. Beowulf was a powerful warrior during his younger life and an intelligent king during his older years. In the poem the author mentions many Anglo-Saxon ideals. Anglo- Saxons valued courage, believed in many courageous aspects of life and Beowulf demonstrates all of the qualities of a courageous, powerful, and a never forgotten warrior. In the epic poem, the Anglo-Saxons value strength as a characteristic of a superior and great warrior. Beowulf throughout the entire story portrays this by fighting the battles with the monsters and by defeating them when no one else could or were too afraid to. The author states of how Beowulf and the other warriors are “greater/ and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world”(110-111). Beowulf was a powerful warrior who fit the idealistic of a warrior in an Anglo-Saxon society. When fighting with Grendel and Grendels mother he never needed the protection of armor or swords. He protected and saved all the people from being terrorized by the monsters they were living by. Beowulf shows his strength and power through the entire epic poem and is described as an epic hero. Equally important the Anglo-Saxons valued fate. They believed in destiny and they believed that they cannot change or control their destiny. The Anglo-Saxons believed that the only way to be immortal

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