The Epic Of Beowulf: An Epic Hero

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The poem, Beowulf acknowledged the Old Testament during the Anglo-Saxon period in the late 900s. No one actually knows the correct dates when the poem was written down. Throughout the poem, Beowulf gives many different examples of an epic heroic character. An epic is a long narrative poem that portrays the heroic acts of legendary figures and mythical gods. In the poem, there is three different battles that Beowulf, a warrior from Geats acts the legend of Hrothgar. The ruler of the Danes, Hrothgar whose new hall, Herot is being ambushed he needs Beowulf’s assistance. Beowulf is the quintessential epic hero because of his high social status, superhuman strength, and his desire for fame that ultimately leads to his downfall.

At the time, Beowulf’s high social status is a prince, but later on he becomes a king for fifty years. After all, Beowulf greeted the king of the Danes’s “Hail, Hrothgar! Is my cousin and my king; the days of my youth have been filled with glory...” to illustrate his high social status. During the Anglo-Saxon period the term cousin refers generally to any relative. In the poem the term cousin is being referred to Beowulf's uncle, which is king of the Geats. As a result to Beowulf’s arrogant ways he describes himself to be a
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For example, in the poem “Had he met a man whose hands were harder; His mind was flooded with fear… Grendel’s one thought was to run from Beowulf…” it explains how strong Beowulf actually was during his battle against Grendel. According to this statement “Cunning, strength, courage were obviously prized in the warrior, and especially in a leader who maximized these warrior traits and upon the band depended.” I strongly agree that every legendary warrior has the three traits that are stated in the quote. With that being said, Beowulf is characterized as the strongest man in the poem that will take on any

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