Beowulf is considered an epic poem in that the main character is a hero who travels great distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts. No one faulted him for this decision. The sword he decided to use was Borrowed from the king. It was the choicest of weapons, but it was a sword for giants, too heavy for any man to carry into battle. Several English scholars and churchmen are described by Bede as being fluent in Greek due to being taught by him; Bede claims to be fluent in Greek himself. However, in his last words to the Geat soldiers before he goes to fight the dragon, these characteristics are more vivid then anywhere else in the story. It is also the final monster monster that appears in the poem.
The warriors form a kind of brotherhood linked by loyalty to their lord. Although the poem begins with Beowulf's arrival, Grendel's attacks have been an ongoing event. That the treasure that Wiglaf finds is rusty and corroded, however, adds a pathetic, ironic quality to the scene. The narrator praises Beowulf and Wiglaf for their courage. Seeing his liege lord in trouble, Wiglaf, unlike Beowulf's other companions, rushes in to help. He manages to kill the dragon, but it costs him his life. The harp was struck, and the king's bard presented the oft-sung Lay of King Finn.
Thinking to kill each one, he hoped for a bountiful feast. Together, the king and his loyal thane kill the dragon. His ringed armor protected him, and she did him no harm, but she did drag him into her dwelling. But Scandinavian works have continued to be studied as a possible source. In a way, Beowulf is like the original burier of the treasure, who realized that he was the last of his line—he knows that his lineage will not continue. It is with sorrow that I tell what shame and grief Grendel has caused.
The waves drove him ashore on the coast of Norway, and he was proclaimed the winner. No man knows its depth. The was in possession of a great treasure which he found buried in a cave. Fulk's 1992 A History of Old English Meter. Lines 2516—2820 Summary Beowulf bids farewell to his men and sets off wearing a mail-shirt and a helmet to fight the dragon.
Wiglaf descends into the barrow and quickly returns to Beowulf with an armload of treasure. Scyld Scefing often drove enemy warriors from their mead-hall benches, although he himself had once been a destitute foundling. No longer would this serpent rule over treasure hoards. Beowulf believes he must have offended God and prepares to fight the dragon. Seek out this savage and cheerless spot, if you dare. As a payment to the king of the Danes he decided to fight the. Throwing the famous sword to the ground, he again trusted in his strength.
His willingness to follow this code without protest in every battle helps Beowulf develop a relationship with both the Geatish king before him, Hygelac, and the Danish king, Hrothgar, based on loyalty and trust. Before long the two fighters confronted one another again. This is the last of the monsters that Beowulf must overcome as part of the epic hero cycle. It is only when joined by Wiglaf that Beowulf is able to turn the tide of battle. Beowulf had won the dragon's hoard, but he had paid for his share of this wealth with his life. Wiglaf, in this section, establishes himself as the legitimate successor to Beowulf, who has no natural heir. Anglo-Saxon England 1979 , 8 : 143—162 Cambridge University Press.
During the battle, all Beowulf's men fled, save for his most trusted and loyal warrior, Wiglaf, who stayed by his king's side to fight. The beast attacks Beowolf's homeland, forcing him to take action by going into its lair with his thanes. After his death, his attendants cremate his body and erect a tower on a headland in his memory. He stepped nearer to Beowulf, clutching at him with his claw, but the great warrior took hold of Grendel's arm with great strength. The Origins of Beowulf and the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia. At the end of the poem when Beowulf dies, there is also a massive funeral for Beowulf 3140—3170. The earth quaked, and the serpent appeared.
Beowulf recognizes this symbolic function when he reflects that he would pass on his armor to his own son if he had one. The Geats run away in fear, leaving only Beowulf and his young companion to slay the dragon. Hygelac gave him land and wealth. Analysis Beowulf has ruled his people for more than fifty years. For three hundred winters he jealously guarded the treasure. From the beginning of the story to the end, these aspects of Beowulf's strong character stand out. Others have associated this poem with the court of King or with the court of King.
Awakened, the warriors in the hall sounded the alarm. The treasure lies in the dark and rots rather than helping the thanes and the kingdom. But no sooner has Beowulf triumphed than the wound on his neck begins to burn and swell. His story focuses on the most challenging, as well as morally significant of foes, Grendel and the dragon. Unferth, too, was present, but he made no more boastful speeches, now having seen the monster's dismembered hand with its steel-like claws. A skilled mariner pointed out the landmarks to them. In this model, the poem is created, and is interpretable, within both noetic horizons.
I have paid for this treasure hoard with my aged life. The dragon fight symbolizes Beowulf's stand against evil and destruction, and, as the hero, he knows that failure will bring destruction to his people after many years of peace. The Poet arguably calls on Anglo-Saxon readers to recognize the imperfect aspects of their supposed Christian lifestyles. After Heardred was killed in a feud with the Swedes, Beowulf took the throne and exacted revenge on the Swedes. Beowulf, the king of the Geats, fights the dragon. The Geatish people made a mound upon the cliff.