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In the poem Beowulf there are many characters that play important roles There are many characters that help Beowulf through his troubles and battles One of the most loyal and crucial of these characters is WiglafBeowulf returned to his kingdom to become king after he helped Hrothgar defeat Grendel He had many thanes that protected him and fought with him The job of his thanes was to support the king in battle respect the king give king all the credit never leave the battle while the king is still fighting guard the mead hall face death for the king and various other duties In Beowulfs last fight only one of them proved to be worthy of BeowulfWiglaf was the one worthy thane He was the son of Weohstan a prince of the Scylfings and Aelfheres kinsman He was of good blood He came from an important and honored family When Beowulf went to defend his people from the fire-dragon his thanes were tested They proved to their leader and the rest of their country that they were not loyal thanes When the fight got to tough they fled to the woods to save their own lives without thinking of their king Wiglaf was the only one to stay by his side Wiglaf fulfilled his duties and was true to his king Without Wiglaf the fire-dragon would have defeated the old suffering king and destroyed all the people He gives Beowulf confidence and physical help After the dragon strikes Beowulf he becomes powerless and can no longer fight Wiglaf steps up courageously and slays the dragon After the dragon is killed Beowulf shares his last moments of his life with Wiglaf The king is very grateful Having no son Beowulf leaves his realm and most important possessions to Wiglaf with the confidence that everything will be taken care of In addition to giving him his realm he asks Wiglaf of one favor Beowulf fought his last
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