The legendary Epic describing the brave, champion-like acts performed by the
great Beowulf, son of Halfdane, and the fruitful results that arise from his tribulations, are
told and retold thousands of years after it was anonymously written.
The historical and
literary importance that this poem holds is almost infinite.
Beowulf begins with an introduction of two important families in history, the
Geats, of which Beowulf belongs too, and the Danes, who occupied what is today
We learn of a great monster, Grendel, who is pillaging and causing havoc
upon the Danes land, peoples, and their most important hall, where feasts, meetings, and
other important ceremonies were held.
As a member of an allying family to the Danes,
Beowulf feels that it is his duty and his job to interfere and bring the hideous monster to
Being the great warrior that Beowulf is, he successfully defeats the monster at
the pleasure and appreciation of King Hygleic, the Dane’s leader.
Just several days after the defeat of Grendel, by our hero Beowulf, Grendels
mother learns of her sons demise and of the “culprits” who did it. Angered by the
occurrence of her son’s death, she also wreaks havoc on the Danish kingdom, called back
to challenge the underwater monster, Beowulf gloriously defeats yet another hideous
monster, himself alone (although his troops were present, only he went underwater to
defeat the nasty fiend).
As a result Hygleic and his queen, Welththeow present Beowulf
with a lucrative treasure, as well as praise, for his courageous deeds.
Hygleac exclaims, “
I have often honored smaller achievements, recognized warriors not nearly as worthy,