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The epic poem Beowulf describes the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times The hero Beowulf is a seemingly invincible person with all the extraordinary traits required of a hero He is able to use his super-human physical strength and courage to put his people before himself He encounters hideous monsters and the most ferocious of beasts but he never fears the threat of death His leadership skills are superb and he is even able to boast about all his achievements Beowulf is the ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the good of others Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through his amazing physical strength He fought in numerous battles and returned victorious from all but his last In his argument with Unferth Beowulf explains the reason he lost a simple swimming match with his youthful opponent Brecca Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven nights he had also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in the depths of the ocean Beowulf is also strong enough to kill the monster Grendel who has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years with his bare hands by ripping off his arm When Beowulf is fighting Grendels mother who is seeking revenge on her sons death he is able to slay her by slashing the monsters neck with a Giants sword that canonly be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf When he chops off her head he carries it from the ocean with ease but it takes four men to lift and carry it back to Herot mead-hall This strength is a key Another heroic trait of Beowulf is his ability to put his peoples welfare before his own Beowulfs uncle is king of the Geats so he is sent as an emissary to help rid the Danes of the evil Grendel Beowulf risks his own life
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