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The earliest recorded epic poem Beowulf was anonymously written during the Anglo-Saxon era approximately 700AD The Anglo-Saxons admired epic heroes who upheld the ethics of their society through exemplary leadership loyalty strength and bravery These epic heroes prevailed over insurmountable odds and were glorified by the people who progressed because of their victories Beowulf the hero in this literary piece did as such and he ultimately surpassed the qualities of being an epic hero Accordingly heroes and epic heroes alike gained the praise and respect of their subjects as well as their enemies To be labeled a hero one must put aside his personal welfare for the good of others Heroism may be accomplished by an ordinary person performing an extraordinary deed however to be an epic hero like Beowulf one must enforce the ethics set upon him and be willing to consistently sacrifice himself to defeat whatever distresses his people Lucky or not nine was the number of sea-huge monsters I killed What man anywhere under Heavens high arch has fought in such darkness endured more misery or been harder pressed Line 307 Beowulf wanted to be looked upon as superior in strength Any hero needs strength in order to be of value Before a new conquest he would often sing his own praises of how there is no stronger or greater warrior than he Beowulf had the power to rip off with his bare hands the arm of Grendel the first monster encountered This unbelievable strength also enabled Beowulf to cut off the head of Grendels mother in her underwater lair with a sword no ordinary man could even carry alone The endurance to swim across a sea for five nights was only one other attribute of his My people have saidThey have seen my strength for themselves have watched me rise from the darkness of war dripping with my enemies blood Line 149 There was no doubt that the people
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