He is prepared and ready to fight the creature who threatens his new friends army. Ultimately Beowulf defeats Grendel and his name is praised forever in the land of Hrothgar and his people. This fight is clearly not over for Beowulf and his men. The next night an even worse creature emerges and kills a very esteemed member of Hrothgar’s society. Beowulf is disturbed from rest to come help Hrothgar again.
Not only will he be given gold when he wins the battle but ancient treasures well be in his possession. After defeating Grendel’s mother Beowulf chopped off the head of Grendel and took it back to king Hrothgar. After fifty winters, Beowulf now an old man fought the dragon alone. He did not want his men to risk their lives. That was the final battle for Beowulf and the last of him too.
All of his men leave in fear, except for Wigclaf, and he is left to fight the dragon alone. He then dies when the dragon bites his neck and the venom kills him. He still killed the dragon though, and Wigclaf keeps his heroic story alive. King Arthur in King Arthur also has all the traits of a legendary hero. He had an obscure birth due to the fact that Merlin gave him to another family even though he was the son of a king.
Beowulf firsts shows this when he defeats Grendel in Herot, for the ring-giver Hrothgar in behalf of his king Higlac. Beowulf had killed Grendel with his bare hands in order to show his true strength. Beowulf exhibits his superhuman strength also when he kills Grendel’s mother with “A heavy sword/ Hammered by giants.” During this fight Beowulf also showed another superhuman quality of courage. Beowulf showed his superhuman courage when he
In his final battle, Beowulf’s kin all turn on him except for one, Wiglaf. In the battle Beowulf is killed and Wiglaf survives and defeats the dragon. Beowulf announces that Wiglaf will be his successor and says this to him, “ You’re the last of all our far-flung family.” (835) Beowulf is telling Wiglaf he is the last of kin surviving that is a true hero. With Beowulf’s death, Wiglaf becomes the last man with true Anglo-Saxon morals of courage, determination, and heroism. The epic ends with Beowulf’s funeral, but Wiglaf’s lonely fate is never discussed.
Richard’s resting place was not a formal grave but a hole in the ground – although one that was near the high altar of Grey Friars church – and there is no evidence of a shroud or coffin. After his death, Tudor propagandists continued to vilify him, depicting him as a brute and a murderer due to the rumour that he had ordered his two nephews executed – the ‘foul, hunch-backed ape’ of Shakespeare’s play. But the bones tell a different story. Richard charged into battle and went down fighting. As one account of the battle put it: ‘Slight in body and weak in strength ... to his last breath he held himself nobly’.
The pagan elements Beowulf are apparent in the characters heroic image. Beowulf takes it upon himself to save the Danes from Grendel. In his battle with Grendel, Beowulf chooses not to use weapons; he relies on his own strength (Beowulf 681 - 685). He wrestles with Grendel until he is able to rip one of the monster's arms out of its socket. These superhuman acts also appear in the fight with Grendel's mother.
Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother in the epic poem but in the movie he makes a deal with demon leading to his downfall. In the epic poem, Beowulf returns to Geatland after he defeats Grendel’s mother where he eventually becomes king of the Geats. However, in the film they have King Hrothgar crowning Beowulf king and granting Beowulf his lovely wife, Welthow. King Hrothgar dies of old age in the epic poem but in the movie he kills himself. I believe in the movie Hrothgar knows Grendel’s mother will continue her terror upon the Danes and he does not want to be there when she does.
Grendel terrorized and killed all of Hrothgar's men, who were also called the Danes. After many years of the Danes continuously suffering from Grendel, a young Geatish warrior named Beowulf came to put an end to Grendel's evil ways. When Beowulf arrives to King Hrothgar's kingdom, there was a huge feast held in his heroic honor. King Hrothgar was well acquainted with Beowulf's family because long ago he had once paid Beowulf's father, Ecgtheow, a favor. The feast lasted late unto the night unitll finally Grendel arrived.
Private Peaceful shows that while young men go to war to ‘prove themselves’, all they really prove is the futility of war. Do you agree? The novel ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo shows that, even though young men go to war to prove themselves, all they prove is that war is completely futile. The novel shows this when it talks about the thousands of dead soldiers, the pointless attacks, and the post-script section of the novel. This incredible war story shows us that, even though they display great bravery and valour in battle, the only thing young men who fight in wars accomplish is an early death.