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Epic heroes usually exemplify character traits most admired by their societies The Anglo-Saxons first told Beowulf around the year 600 AD When it was formally recorded around the year 1000 their societal structure had changed some but their idea of a great leader was still the same Beowulf is not a factual person but the ideal king and warrior of the time Beowulf was obviously a man of outstanding courage When he first heard about the terrorizing ways of the monster Grendel Beowulf did not falter He immediately asked his king for permission rallied the troops and set sail for Denmark lines 195-215 The following excerpt showcases Beos valor in preparation for his battle against Grendel He stripped off his mail shirt his helmet his sword And handed all his weapons and armor to a servant I will meet him with my hands empty unless his heart Fails him seeing a soldier waiting weaponless unafraid lines 671 674 683 The fearlessness showed makes him appear brave Valor is closely linked with courageousness Beowulf showed courage when he took on the fire-breathing dragon without hesitation Beo acknowledges that he is old and will probably die in his struggle I am old now but will fight line 2512 He then went into battle against the fire-breathing dragon alone The Geats measured a warrior by his bravery in battle The Anglo-Saxons were aware of the shortness of life fame was their only way to achieve immortality Loyalty to your leader and tribe were essential in the Anglo-Saxon time period When Beowulf was still young but after he defeated Grendel Beo defended his country against the invading Franks During the struggle the enemy warrior Dagref murdered his king and robbed his corpse I killed Dagref the Frank the treasures never came to Dagrefs king He was brave and strong but I swept him in my arms Ground him against me till
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