When tales are told of valiant heroes in history, a handful stand out as some of the most

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When tales are told of valiant heroes in history, a handful stand out as some of the most well-known and revered of them all. Although the two in the title are not as famous as Superman or Spiderman, this does not make their tale any less epic. Both Achilles and Beowulf brought a new style of hero to the table. The two heroes had their flaws, however paid it back in spades with the bravery displayed in their respective epics. What is interesting about these two heroes is that their stories were written in completely different time periods, by peoples who were geographically extremely far apart. Beowulf was written in the estimated early eighth century in Denmark, while The Iliad, Achilles tale, was written by Homer many millennia ago in…show more content…
Grendel, hearing the boisterous Danes celebrates Beowulf’s arrival, races over to the Mead-hall. The warrior strips down, saying that he will fight Grendel on equal terms. One he arrives, the battle between two begins. Grendel learns quickly that Beowulf is not a normal warrior; his strength outmatching Grendel’s. When the monster tries to escape in the face of this superior strength, Beowulf tears the arm off Grendel. Though Grendel does manage to escape, his wound proves to be fatal. Overjoyed at the result of the battle, king Hrothgar showers Beowulf with gold and gifts. Songs are sung in his praise and the festivities last until yet another monster appears. The mother of Grendel desired vengeance for her son’s death, and takes the life of Aeschere, the kings most trusted adviser.
With this turn of events, Beowulf’s services are requested once again. Beowulf, his men, and the king go off to find the last demon. Beowulf takes the lead and manages to slay the mother using a giant’s sword. His fame had spread like wildfire throughout the kingdoms. With the last of King Hrothgar’s problems dead, Beowulf’s services are no longer needed. Beowulf and the remainder of his men return to Geatland. There, he is once again showered with praise. Most of the items that Hrothgar gave to Beowulf were given to Hygelac (King of Geatland) who rewards him. A war broke out and both Hygelac and his son die. Beowulf ascends

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