Beowulf persists on going up against the dragon alone, but his own blade, Naegling, is no match for the beast. Wiglaf, a thane, runs to his king's aid when he sees him in distress. The others take refuge in the woods. Wiglaf and Beowulf destroy the monster together, but the powerful monarch is mortally wounded.
In death, as in life, Beowulf continues to perform great deeds. His enemies flee from him but he finds glory in his own sword-strokes and in saving others. This last action earns him eternal fame among people who live after him. A great poet celebrates this legendary hero and tells about his adventures for many years after his death.
His hand is horribly burnt, but his strike allows Beowulf to close up on the dragon and slay it. "So should a man be, a thane in need!" the poet exclaims of Wiglaf.
How is the adversary defeated? Beowulf's sword fragments, and the dragon slashes him in the neck. Wiglaf and Beowulf both strike at the dragon, and they both slay it. He passes away, allowing Wiglaf to reign as king. This poem shows that a hero can be killed by fire, water, swordplay, or even dragons.
In conclusion, the enemy can be defeated in many ways. It depends on what type of battle it is (for example, sword vs. sword, fire vs. ice, etc.). Also, the way it is defeated can vary depending on the poet/writer. For example, in some poems the enemy is killed off-screen, while in others he is shown being beaten down first before being slain.
Beowulf is killed while battling the dragon. Beowulf, on the other hand, is mortally wounded. He tells his men to go ahead of him and let him die with pride rather than leave him to be killed by the monster alone.
This story was written in Grendel's mother makes him kill everyone who comes across their path, including Grendel himself. She finds Beowulf and kills him too. This shows that death can come from anywhere at any time. You never know when it might happen...
People will often say that you can't kill fantasy characters because they're fictional, but this isn't true. Authors have been killing off characters for as long as literature has existed so this isn't a new thing at all.
In conclusion, death can come from anywhere at any time, no matter how great or small you are.
Beowulf is killed in a battle with a dragon. Beowulf has reigned over the Geats for fifty years in the second portion of the epic, and he is a fine leader. It is important noting that when the dragon attacks, he does not do it unprovoked. Rather, it is in response to someone being attacked. This person who triggers the attack is called "Wargalif" which means "dragon fighter." Wargalifs are people who fight dragons for a living. There are three in this case: Hrothgar, Beowulf's father; and Grendel, their enemy. When these three fight each other there is going to be a great battle and death.
Before he dies, however, Beowulf kills the dragon. After his death, some of the men bury him but most of them leave with Hygd behind the walls of her kingdom. She has been married to Beowulf for forty years and they have four children together. In the end, it is she who decides what will happen to their children - whether they'll be slaves or free. She thinks about this for a while then says they should go live among the Danes because that's where Beowulf was from originally.
Now let's look at the story in detail.
First, there's nothing wrong with killing a dragon.
At the end of the poem, Beowulf travels to confront the dragon, expecting it to be his final encounter. This conclusion strengthens the poem's premise that the old Northern warrior ethic was ultimately flawed. Even a genuinely great warrior-king, such as Beowulf, cannot save his people in the end. The world must change before anything can be saved.
The poem ends with Hrothgar, king of the Danes, committing suicide by falling on his sword. This action leaves the kingdom vulnerable to invasion, but preserves Beowulf's life. However, even at the end of the poem, there is hope for Beowulf to return home someday. This idea is reflected in how some modern translations conclude the poem with the words "So ended Beowulf."
In addition, this interpretation assumes that death was not easily accepted in ancient Europe. People wanted to believe that their lives would continue after they died. So if the poet wanted to show that death was the only outcome for Beowulf, he had to include a last line telling us so.
Finally, note that this reading of the poem is common among scholars who study Germanic culture. It is based on an interpretation of alliterative poetry that many feel is supported by the text itself. For example, one could argue that Hrothgar commits suicide because he knows that regardless of what happens, Beowulf will die too.
Most warriors refuse to accept that they will die, sometimes because they are too arrogant, but Beowulf can die calmly because of all he has accomplished in his lifetime. During the dragon fight, Wiglaf demonstrates kinship and allegiance to Beowulf as the other troops leave. Then, after the battle is over, Hrothgar praises Beowulf for fighting "a great fight". In this case, Beowulf chooses to end his life because it is his time and he is not afraid, but also because he has done many good deeds that make him worthy of such an honor.
Beowulf understands that this implies the agreement is dead. The dragon (Beowulf's son) attacks and burns down the settlement. Beowulf finally pulls the dragon's heart out, killing it, but in order to do so, he had to hack off almost all of his arms (nearly all the way off). Both plummet to the water's edge below. After they go under the water, we see that both are still alive.
Now that they have survived their fall, they must find a way to get back up on land. So Beowulf uses his strong legs to swim as fast as he can in the opposite direction from where the dragon has gone. He finds an island with no trees on it, only grass. He thinks that maybe the dragon went there too. But when he gets there, the dragon is waiting for him! It bites off one of his feet to stop him from swimming away. Then they fight again. This time Beowulf wins by stabbing the dragon through the heart with his sword. After the dragon dies, Beowulf picks up his severed arm and returns home...
In conclusion, the end of the movie means that if you want to survive, you have to be willing to sacrifice something valuable. In this case, that something is your life. But if you can find a way to kill the dragon before you lose everything, then you should do it!