Beowulf: An Epic Hero
Surrounding the reign of King Alfred the Great, the “King of the Anglo-Saxons” for defending the southern kingdoms of England from the Vikings, dawned a new hero of epic proportions, Beowulf. Beowulf is the main protagonist in the epic poem Beowulf. Beowulf is the hero of the Geats who comes to the aid of Hroðgar, the king of the Danes, whose great hall, Heorot, is plagued by the monster Grendel. Beowulf kills both Grendel and Grendel's vengeful mother. Further in the poem, Beowulf becomes king of the Geats, and finds he is being terrorized by a dragon whose treasure had been stolen. Beowulf decides to follow the dragon into its lair but only his young Swedish relative Wiglaf dares join him. Beowulf finally slays the dragon, but is mortally wounded. For the man he was, Beowulf is known as an epic hero.
An epic hero is an important figure from a legend, usually favored by or even partially descended from a supernatural being who may be thought of as holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, and respected by believers, often called in some religions as a God. Ecgtheow is Beowulf’s father. Ecgtheow is deceased in the beginning of the poem, but he lives on through the noble reputation that he made for himself during his life and in his dutiful son’s remembrances.
The hero participates in a or quest, faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey, gathers allies along his journey, and returns home significantly transformed by his journey. Beowulf begins with Beowulf hearing the story of King Hroðgar and his people. In it he, his wife and his warriors spend their time singing and celebrating, until Grendel, an outcast from society who is angered by the singing, attacks the hall and kills and devours many of Hroðgar's warriors while they sleep. Beowulf, a young warrior from Geatland, with his king's permission leaves his homeland to help Hroðgar. Beowulf and his men spend the night in Heorot. After they fall asleep, Grendel enters...