Beowulf is an epic poem that has been told from generation to generation in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The poem tells about a heroic man, Beowulf, who becomes a legend among his people and saves a village in a time of need. Beowulf has many heroic characteristics such as super human strength and excellent leadership skills. Beowulf emerges as the true Anglo Saxon hero who risks his life for the lives and well being of others.
Beowulf was a Geat who had great physical strength. Stories of his glorious feats made him a hero among his people. He is able to use his super-human physical strength and courage to put his people before himself. He encounters hideous monsters and ferocious 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 has many traits that make him a hero. He shows no fear in the face of danger. Whenever Beowulf goes into battle, he shows no fear because he is not afraid to die. Another heroic trait of Beowulf is his ability to put his people's welfare before his own. Beowulf eventually ends up risking his own life for the Danes, asking help from no one. He realizes the dangers but fears nothing for his own life. His boastfulness, generosity, and kindness are evidence that he is a good leader and provides for his people.
Beowulf fought in numerous battles and returned victorious from all but his last. The first battle Beowulf lost was his competition with Brecca. In his argument with Unferth, Beowulf explains the reason he lost a simple swimming match with Brecca, was because he had not only been swimming for seven nights but he also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in the depths of the ocean. .
Beowulf's most heroic battle is the battle he fights with Grendel. Grendel was a monster that lived in the marshes. Every time the town of Herot shows signs of joy Grendel is angry.