Beowulf: The Great Warrior
The Great Warrior In the ancient Anglo-Saxon time period life was very difficult due to harsh weather and brutal battles with ruthless warriors. The people of this time period had a fairly grim point of view when it came to life after death. They believed that the only way a person would be remembered after death is if they achieved great feats during their lifetime such as conquering cities, or slaying ravenous beasts. Beowulf, son of Warthogs, was a great warrior who was highly respected and accomplished all of this lush more.
Beowulf was an outstanding warrior Just like his father was before him and he eventually went on to become king of the Seats. Bravery in battle, loyalty to his soldiers and people, and the effect he had on people made him the Ideal candidate to take the position. In his youth and even In his old age he was a brave warrior who stared danger In the face and did not even take time to blink before he acted. He traveled to the Danish kingdom to take care of their problem, a hideous and sinister monster that the Danes called Greened.
None of the Danish warriors were strong enough or brave enough to take on this creature, but once Beowulf heard of this he jumped at the opportunity to take his stab at it. He gathered his strongest and most loyal men and began his long Journey by boat across the ocean. Once he got there he spoke to the Danish king and at once said he would slay the beast. You can tell how brave he is when he hears of the beast just using its own hands to kill , so it is said that he would not use weapons he would take this creature on hand to hand.
The night Greened dad an attempt to kill Beowulf, it says that in their battle “Grenade’s power had gone. He twisted In pain, and the bleeding sinews deep In his shoulder snapped, muscle bone split and broke. The battle was over, Beowulf had been granted glory: Greened escaped by wounded as he could flee to his den his miserable hole at the bottom of the marsh only to die to wait for the end of all his days. ” (p. 24 lines 815-823) He also killed another awful creature that descended from Cain. It was Grenade’s mother who was hungry for revenge.
She had come to Hero hall in order to venue her son’s death. After her raid, Beowulf followed her footprints to the lake where she resided. He gave a speech and was the only warrior who was brave enough to Jump into the depths of the lake. He then swam to the bottom and killed Grenade’s mother with a sword made by giants. In Beowulf old age he was still young at heart and did not back down from a battle. Something had caused the dragon to wreck Havoc on his homeland and so he defended his land and people. Knowing that this might be his last battle, Beowulf still went and attempted to slay his dragon.
This dragon was the one that Beowulf thought was too strong for him alone to defeat In his old age but he sully made that last attempt to do so and became one of the most famous warriors of time. King, and people. He shows his loyalty by giving all of the treasures and weapons that the Danes had given him for slaying Greened to his king Highly. ‘And the precious gifts you gave me send them to Highly. ” (p. 43 line 1482-1483) He never sent his soldiers into battles that were meant for him to handle and never once abandoned his men.
Beowulf had an opportunity to be king of the Seats but respectfully turned it down because one of Highball’s sons were still available to take the throne. This shows that he is loyal to his king. After becoming king of the Seats they fell under attack of a dragon. In ancient Anglo-Saxon time period it was believed that if a whole community was falling under attack it was because their leader had done something to deserve it. Beowulf became very sad when this happened because he thought that it was something that he had done that it caused the chaos to fall upon his people.
Beowulf was a humble and fastidious ruler who had a major effect on his people. Throughout the poem Beowulf conquered multiple battles in which he risked his life for the sake of all his people. He was basically the strength for them all. He was strong, brave, and could do it all on his own usually bare handed. Beowulf sacrificed his whole life fighting for those who bowed to him. He was by far the greatest Anglo- Saxon leader. The Anglo-Saxon time period was a rough time due to the several difficult battles and the horrific weather.
The people believe that you have to have great feats in order to die and be remembered such as conquering cites or slaying ravenous beasts. Beowulf was a mighty brave war lord who sacrificed himself for his own fellow soldiers and kingdom. He was brave enough to take on the mighty dragon alone, except another Anglo-Saxon warrior Jumped in to help the brave king. The characteristics that made Beowulf the ideal candidate to take the position were his bravery in battle, loyalty to his soldiers and people, and the effect he had on people.