While Beowulf chooses to confront Grendel barehanded, he has weapons at the ready. The sword is the most popular instrument used by the medieval knight, and there are several epithets used to describe it. It was variously referred to as a blood-worm, an icicle of blood, a wound-hoe, and an onion of battle. These terms reflect the horror that the sword brought about and the courage required to use it.
Beowulf also uses his weapon to kill Grendel. However, rather than describe it with one of these epithets, he calls it "my faithful friend". This shows that while they are both tools for killing, Beowulf views his sword as a companion that helps him in battle.
Another example of an epithet in Beowulf is dragon-skin coat. This refers to the armor that the dragon had made for Geats' king Hrethel. When the dragon died, people thought it would be good luck if some of its skin remained, so they took this as proof that Hrethel had won victory in war. Thus, he was given this coat as armor.
This show that even though Beowulf comes from a warrior society, they prefer to look at the positive side of weapons. They see them as tools that help you fight and win battles, not as something to be afraid of.
Beowulf's soldiers use their swords to strike and kill Grendel, but Grendel has cast a spell on their weapons. None of their blades can pierce Grendel's flesh. Beowulf eventually gets Grendel's arm out of its socket at the shoulder. Grendel is mortally wounded as a result, and he flees to die.
There are two things that make this story different from other monster stories. First, it is set in England, not in Europe or Asia. Second, it is based on real people - an Anglo-Saxon hero named Beowulf and a Germanic monster named Grendel. Although written long after these events took place, the poet who wrote about them still knew many secret spells and magic powers that we don't today. He also used very powerful words that came from ancient languages that have been lost forever.
In conclusion, this story shows that you shouldn't fear what you cannot understand. And if you follow my three rules (know your enemy, know yourself, be willing to change), then you will never have a reason to fear anything ever again.
Beowulf preserves the golden hilt of the sword that he used to fight Grendel's mother as a keepsake, and he slashes Grendel's head as a trophy. After cleansing the meadow of evil, Beowulf swims back to the surface and joins the Danes on their journey to Heorot. There, he receives his reward for slaying the dragon: a seat in the hall of heroes.
Here is where the story might have ended, but it doesn't because about eight months later, another attack from under the sea devastates the kingdom. This time, it is Grendel's brother who has come for revenge. Beowulf again fights him and defeats him, but at a great cost to himself. When the battle is over, Hrothgar, the king, mourns his death. However, since Beowulf had done such a good job fighting both monsters, they decide to give him a hero's funeral fit for a noble warrior.
After the funeral, an old man appears before Hrothgar to tell him that Grendel's father, who was also killed by Beowulf, now lives in the depths of the sea near where they fought each other. Hrothgar decides to go defend his people against future attacks. The end of the poem says that he lived "a full life" until he was around forty years old.
Beowulf puts down his weapons and takes off his armor, declaring his determination to confront Grendel unarmed. He feels himself to be just as dangerous as Grendel. Beowulf settles down to wait, as his terrified soldiers lie awake, uncertain whether any of them would live to see the dawn.
He tells them not to worry, because he will fight the monster guard-to-guard. This shows that he believes he is equal to him in strength. Otherwise, why would he have to guard against his attacks?
He goes on to say that he wishes he could wear Grendel's armor because it must be made of iron or brass. That means that it would protect him from her claws and teeth. Without such protection, he wouldn't stand a chance of defeating her.
Finally, he announces that when the sun rises again, he will find Grendel and end their battle.
In conclusion, Beowulf says he is brave and strong, but he knows he needs help from God if he is to defeat Grendel. Only then will he be able to go home again.
The sequence of creatures that Beowulf must fight and defeat, such as Grendel and the Dragon, serves as his nemesis. These monsters depict evil and ugliness when combined. This should come as no surprise since villains are usually defined as people or things that cause harm to others or try to prevent others from getting what they deserve.
Beowulf himself may not want to kill Grendel or the dragon, but he has no choice because it's his job as a hero to protect society by killing evil creatures. If he didn't do this, then who will?
Heroes have to put themselves in dangerous situations to save others. This is why heroes often receive threats from other characters in the story. For example, when Batman was first created, he received an early threat from Commissioner Gordon saying that if Batman saved anyone else, then he would have to kill him. Gordon even went as far to say that everyone would think that Batman was a killer since he saves criminals instead of turning them in. This shows that even though Gordon believes that Batman is doing the right thing by saving people, he also thinks that people will see him as a murderer since he is saving those who would otherwise be killed.
In conclusion, Beowulf is an antagonist because he kills monsters to protect society.