The four cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. He swam to the surface, and his valiant thanes rejoiced in seeing him safe and sound. The roar of the fire mingled with the sound of weeping, until at last the body was consumed. The earth quaked, and the serpent appeared. The poem Beowulf, written in old English by an anonymous writer still holds fame for describing Heroism.
Lines 1492-1495 These lines tell about the sword melting from Grendel's blood. The king and the kingdom are in awe of his strength. Only an epic hero with strength, courage and confidence is able to defeat this mighty foe. A herald named Wulfgar, who is renowned for his wisdom, stops Beowulf and asks him to state his business with Hrothgar. It then chews on his soldier. So, warriors move to other places. A gaping wound appeared on his shoulder, and mortally wounded, he fled, full knowing that the appointed number of his days had now come.
A Geatish woman sang a sad lament for Beowulf, expressing fear of evil days ahead. Discovering his loss, the flaming dragon emerged from his lair to seek revenge. The poem starts with a journey across the sea to defeat an enemy that has plagued the land of Herot for twelve years. Furthermore, I have learned that Grendel, the giant monster, has no fear of weapons, so I will fight him with my bare hands, without sword or shield. He shows all of the qualities and traits that a true hero possesses. Breca A young warrior friend of Beowulf.
Seeing his threatened lord, Wiglaf remembered the many benefits that Beowulf had given him in the past. He was fifty feet long. Thus individual actions can be seen only as either conforming to or violating the code. He chooses not to steal the throne and could if he wanted to. These words describe the monster Grendel, who is truly an evil entity. In his battle with Grendel, Beowulf shows considerable - even superhuman - strength. Beowulf slays Grendel and hangs his dismembered arm from the rafters for all to see.
Beowulf An Epic Hero Beowulf: An Epic Hero Being a hero can be defined many different ways. They returned to Heorot, bearing Grendel's head upon a spear. Sir Gawain takes up the deed of playing a Christmas game with the challenging Green Knight. No, neither you nor Breca has ever performed so goodly. I will reveal my errand to the son of Healfdene, your great king, if you will take us to him.
Like giving a resume to a potential employer, Beowulf and other heroes had to tell what his skills were, his qualifications. Not long afterward the hall's merriment was brought to an end by a grim foe named Grendel, who haunted marshes and moors, fens and heath. All the other men he had faced were different; they did not represent a challenge, but this one, Beowulf, was far more than he expected. Hygelac Prince of the Geats to whom Beowulf declares allegiance. He feels no fear, is confident in fighting the dragon alone, and has no qualms in risking his life to save others. He wants an iron shield because of the dragon's fire breath. He was a proven hero.
Beowulf corrects him and this whole passage is just a chance for Beowulf to give his credentials of a monster killer. The quote starts with Beowulf facing the fact that he may not come back from this fight alive, revealing that although he has superhuman strength, he is still human and can die. If Beowulf had used a sword instead of his bare hands to kill Grendel, not only would Grendel have survived but the brawl would not have such a significance in the history of the Geats. In his daring exploits he was by far the most famed of adventurers among the nations. The literature of Mesopotamia and Western Europe is a prime example of this. It took the better part of a day before he sighted the bottom.
A large crowd gathered there in celebration. Why does Beowulf decide to fight Grendel in hand-to-hand combat, instead of using his sword or any other weapons? This thane of Hrothgar approached them on horseback. Other performances include accounts of gallantry in past battles with rival tribes, such as those between the Danes and the Frisians. Beowulf Notes The beginning traces the background down to the time of the story, when Grendel attacks Hrothgar. Unruffled, Beowulf accuses Unferth of drunkenness and describes his own version of what happened in the swimming match. Beowulf displays confidence when he talked to Unferth in the great hall Heorot. He ruled wisely for fifty winters, and then a reign of terror visited the land of the Geats.