Dying, Beowulf leaves his kingdom to Wiglaf and requests that his body be cremated in a funeral pyre and buried high on a seaside cliff where passing sailors might see the barrow. An ancient Danish king had a daughter named ; he married her to a king of the Frisians. After the last person's death, a fire-breathing dragon found the treasure and guarded it for three hundred years. Some critics point out that those descriptions might not be accurate, because Grendel is never clearly described by the narrator of the poem. The old king, dying, thanks God for the treasure that he has won for his people. He takes with him eleven other warriors. Before he leaves, Hrothgar promises to give Beowulf everything if he can defeat Grendel.
The jewels from the dragon's hoard are buried with him. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. The dragon begins terrorizingthe Gears, and Beowulf, now an old man, takes on thechallenge of fighting it. The last battle is significant in many respects. They are saying to Wiglaf that he is next in line to rule over the people. He isn't sure if he will win this battle or not, but he will die trying for his people. This begins Grendel's assault upon the Danes.
Before reading the final passages, go to 1. Wiglaf, in this section, establishes himself as the legitimate successor to Beowulf, who has no natural heir. Still, in his older age, Beowulf is seeking out the enemy. The poem's narrator suggests that Grendel and his mother are descendants of the Biblical Cain, which suggests that they are in some way connected to a force of supernatural evil. Beowulf has grown much older and he can not use the tactics that he used in his older battles with the dragon.
Grendel rules the mead-hall nightly. Sorrowfully, they recount that their king was kind and generous to his people, fair-minded, and eager to earn praise. As they wait, the Danes have given up all hope for Beowulf because he has been underwater for such a long time. The warriors prepared for battle, leaving enough time for Grendel's mother to grab one of Hrothgar's counselors and run away. When Hrethel died, the feuds became worse. The thanes' desertion is worse than just cowardice, though.
Even though he is older, he still wants to be the hero. The dragon charges again and a wall of fire rains down on Wiglaf and Beowulf. It's really a very morbid poem, in fact. He tells the others that he would rather die than go home without his leader. Think about the battle with the dragon. The others flee to the woods.
Beowulf gets out his knife and cuts the dragon. Haethcyn took the throne when Hrethel died, and was killed in battle against the Swedes. This distinguishes him from the rest of the warriors and raises to the rank of the hero Lawson, 2016. After Heardred was killed in a feud with the Swedes, Beowulf took the throne and exacted revenge on the Swedes. The magic sword melts to its hilt.
His enemy was evil in various guises: Grendel and his mother, and the dragon. The cost of their cowardice, he predicts, will be greater than just the life of a great ruler. He tells them of his youth in the court: his father left him with King Hrethel when he was seven, and Hrethel treated him as much like a son as he did his own true sons Herebeald, Haethcyn, and Hygelac. The old king, dying, thanks God for the treasure that he has won for his people. This bard also improvises a song about Beowulf's victory. The poem opens with a brief genealogy of the Scylding Dane royal dynasty, named after a mythic hero, Scyld Scefing, who reached the tribe's shores as a castaway babe on a ship loaded with treasure. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
In fact, the two swimmers were separated by a storm on the fifth night of the contest, and Beowulf had slain nine sea monsters before finally returning to shore. Carrying a sword called Hrunting, a gift from the chastised Unferth, Beowulf dives into the mere to seek the mother. In this epic, a true warrior's bravery comes from a completely fatalistic attitude toward life and indifference to death. Their shields are burned and their armor offers them little protection. The awareness of death is a constant for medieval Scandinavian warriors, who kill their enemies and watch their friends die on a daily basis.