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In the poem Beowulf translated by Constance B Hieatt Beowulf is a hero A hero is one who places him or her at great risk while performing acts of courage Not only is Beowulf a hero because of his physical strength but rather than basking in the resulting glory he gives the glory to God Beowulf is the ultimate hero who put his life on the line for an entire kingdom Beowulfs heroism can be seen when he takes 14 of the bravest in his land to go help Hrothgar Hrothgar was Beowulfs fathers close friend who had been plagued by attacks for twelve years that threatened an entire kingdom Beowulf did not have to offer Hrothgars kingdom help but does so because he wants to uses his God given strength to the best of his ability As soon as Beowulf heard of the troubles in this land he set sail immediately Beowulf continues to show his thankfulness by thanking God for giving them safe travel across the sea Beowulf is lead to Hrothgar and offers him is services -Now sit down to the feast and in due time listen to lays of warriors victories as your heart may prompt you 15 Beowulf is asked by the warriors to tell of his past defeats while eating in Hrothgars palace Beowulf is already a hero to the people of this land for he is about to rid them of their enemy The warriors are anxious to here what he has done and what he plans to do to Grendel Here Beowulf puts on his running shoes and runs through his battle plan mentally just as any great athlete would do before a big meet As the Banquet continues Hrothgar thanks Beowulf and promises him great treasure if he succeeds in defeating Grendel As an ultimate hero Beowulf decides to be far he will not use weapons in his battle against Grendel since Grendel
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