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English literature begins with Beowulf an Anglo-Saxon folk epic written by an unknown author The epic presents the story of Beowulf an ideal Anglo-Saxon hero who through his exploits includes Anglo-Saxon values One value which Beowulf teaches is love of bravery a value which he demonstrates through two distinct eventsAt a time when bravery was highly valued Beowulf a hero of the Geats was the symbol of Anglo Saxon perfection He was the perfect warrior combining extraordinary strength skill courage and loyalty Grendel a cannibal ogre repeatedly invades Heorot to kill the Danes When Beowulf hears that Grendel captured Heorot he decides to free Hrothgar king of the Danes and his people After bravely defeating Grendel the Danes rejoice Hrothgar gave Beowulf a rich array of gifts including a mighty treasure sword an embroidered war banner eight horses with golden bridles and an ancient saddle that was fashioned and decorated with treasure Beowulfs bravery did not end with that event He pursues Grendels mother after she revengefully seizes one of Hrothgars nobles from Heorot He finds Grendels mother in her underwater den and defeats her with a sword forged by giants of old time Proving his bravery he then searches for Grendels dead body sees many treasures but takes only Grendels head and the jeweled hilt of the giant sword He is persistent in his bravery and is rewarded again with twelve treasures by HrothgarBravery is so highly valued to the Anglo-Saxons that Beowulf is now the most honored of men Battle swords slew Hygelac king of the Geats The new perfect king should be a strong loyal skilled and brave warrior Beowulf is crowned the new king After fifty years of being king he is still a brave warrior Instead of sending out an army he bravely went to fight a dragon that scorched buildings in his kingdom He manages to kill the dragon right before dying himself Beowulf lives on as the
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