The epic poem, "Beowulf", describes the most heroic man of.
invincible person with all the extraordinary traits.
required of a hero. He is able to use his super-human.
physical strength and courage to put his people before.
himself. He encounters hideous monsters and the most.
ferocious of beasts, but he never fears the threat of.
death. His leadership skills are superb and he is even able.
to boast about all his achievements. Beowulf is the.
ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for.
immortal glory and for the good of others.
Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through.
his amazing physical strength. He fought in numerous.
battles and returned victorious from all but his last. In.
his argument with Unferth, Beowulf explains the reason he.
"lost" a simple swimming match with his youthful opponent.
Brecca. Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven.
nights, he had also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in.
the depths of the ocean. Beowulf is also strong enough to.
kill the monster Grendel, who has been terrorizing the.
Danes for twelve years, with his bare hands by ripping off.
his arm. When Beowulf is fighting Grendel's mother, who is.
seeking revenge on her son's death, he is able to slay her.
by slashing the monster's neck with a Giant's sword that.
can only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf. When.
he chops off her head, he carries it from the ocean with.
ease, but it takes four men to lift and carry it back to.
Herot mead-hall. This strength is a key trait of Beowulf's.
Another heroic trait of Beowulf is his ability to put his.
peoples welfare before his own. Beowulf's uncle is king of.
the Geats, so he is sent as an emissary to help rid the.
Danes of the evil Grendel. Beowulf risks his own life for.
the Danes, asking help from no one. He realizes the.
dangers, but fears nothing for his own life. After Beowulf.
had served his people as King of the Geats for fifty years,.
he goes to battle one last time to fight a horrible dragon.