Beowulf, More Siegmund or Hermond?

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Beowulf, more Siegmund or Hermond? In the story of Beowulf, Beowulf just killed Grendel and the story tellers were telling stories of two different men. One was Hermod who was “granted greater strength than anyone” (Beowulf 1717). He, “ignored all wise men’s warnings,/Ruled only with courage” (Beowulf 907-908). In the end his pride had lead him to exile and ultimately to his death. Siegmund was a courageous, brave, and famous warrior who fought giants, monsters, and a treasure-rich dragon. His fame would last beyond his lifetime. Although Hermod and Siegmund were two different types of people, Beowulf’s life reflects both at different times of his life. In parts of Beowulf, Beowulf’s life relates more to Siegmund. In the beginning…show more content…
During the fight he is unable to defeat the dragon and realizes he must give his strength back and that his life is over. At this point of the book Beowulf greatly resembles Hermod. Hermod 's story had said, “he was once the mightiest/ Of men” (Beowulf 901), meaning he was a strong warrior. The story said he also, “ignored all wise men’s warnings, ruled only with courage” (Beowulf 907-908). Hermod ignored all wise men’s warnings about pride and ruled by his courage alone. Hermod’s, “vanity swelled him so vile and rank/ That he could hear no voices but his own” (Beowulf 911-912). His pride was so great he could not hear anyone but himself. Showing that Hermod, like Beowulf, didn’t take wise men’s advice. In the end, they both reach their defeat due to their pride and not taking wise men’s advice. In the story of Beowulf there are accounts of two men, Hermod and Siegmund. Different points of Beowulf’s life refect both of these men’s lives. Beowulf, like Siegmund, was a mighty warrior, fought many monsters, had fame beyond his life, and fought a dragon. He also greatly resembled Hermod as well. Beowulf and Hermod both ignored wise men’s warnings and allowed pride to lead to their defeats. Although Hermod and Siegmund were two different types of people, Beowulf’s life reflects both at different times and aspects of his

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