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Beowulf the Hero The epic poem Beowulf which was told from generation to generation honoring modern Anglo-Saxon beliefs describes a heroic man who saves a village in their time of need By definition a hero is a man of exceptional quality Exceptional quality doesnt even begin to describe the man that is Beowulf Beowulf has many heroic characteristics from his super human strength to victoriously slaying monsters and other ferocious beasts He has excellent leadership skills and commonly boasts of his achievements Beowulf emerges as the true Anglo Saxon hero who risks his life for the lives and well being of others Others perceive Beowulf as a hero through his physical strength and stories of his glorious feats Through all of the battles Beowulf fought he lost only two and his last defeat would be the death of him The first battle Beowulf lost was his competition with Breca Unferth was an unbeliever of the strength and determination of Beowulf Unferth taunted Beowulf one night only to be in return taunted back Are you the Beowulf that strove with Brecarisking your lives on the lonely deepof ocean swimming with out-streched armswith plowing shoulders parted the wavesseven nights you toiled in the tossing seahis strength was the greater his swimming the stronger 389-400 As Beowulf explained in his feud with Unferth We gripped in our hands naked swords as we swam the waves guarding us from the whales assaultfreezing squalls and the falling nightdown to the bottom a savage sea beast fiercely dragged meand so I was granted to slay with the sword edge nine of the nicors 413-443 Basically Beowulf is trying to explain that the only reason he lost to Breca was because he had been swimming for seven days straight and he stopped along the way to kill nine sea creatures to make it easier for other travelers of the sea to get by
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