Wiglaf calls to the other ten retainers and reminds them of the promises that they made to Beowulf

Wiglaf calls to the other ten retainers and reminds them of the promises that they made to Beowulf

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Wiglaf calls to the other ten retainers and reminds them of the promises that they made to Beowulf.  In exchange for his protection and gifts, they all had vowed to fight for their king whenever he needed  them. Even though Beowulf intended to deal with the dragon one-on-one, he now clearly needs help.  The other thanes do not return. Although he realizes that he may die in the battle, Wiglaf rushes to Beowulf's defense. Wiglaf's  wooden shield burns as the dragon attacks again. The young retainer ducks behind Beowulf's iron  shield, which is no great help but is better than nothing. Beowulf musters the strength to swing his  mighty sword, Naegling, one last time; unfortunately, it snaps on the dragon's head. The dragon  charges again, piercing Beowulf's neck with his sharp fangs. Although his hand is sorely burned,  Wiglaf finds a vulnerable spot well beneath the dragon's head and thrusts his sword into the monster. 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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