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The Anglo-Saxon period lasted from 449-1066 During this period much emphasis was placed upon traditional heroes and their virtues The Anglo-Saxon people admired men of courage and bravery no matter where he hailed from In the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf the heroic traits of superhuman strength personal courage or valor and the acceptance of ones fate are exemplified through the character of Beowulf Beowulf is the epitome of an Anglo-Saxon epic hero He demonstrates countless acts of superhuman strength throughout the course of his life Throughout his adventures he never once backs down from a challenge or test of his strength His pride in his strength is evident when he says I drove Five great giants into chains chasedfrom the earth Lines 176-177 He single handedly drove the giant race from the earth He also demonstrates might in his swimming match with Brecca Lucky or not nine was the number Of sea-huge monsters I killed Lines 294-295 He manages to destroy a race of sea-monsters while swimming Beowulf is confident in his power and he has a right to be He does not fear fighting Grendel at all and furthermore he proceeds to demonstrate his superhuman strength The poet says The horrible shrieks of pain And defeattears torn out of Grendels Taut throatOf him who of all the men on earth Was the strongest Lines 439-443 Beowulf is strong enough to bring the monster known as Grendel to his knees No man before Beowulf has succeeded in this task but before the eyes of his men Beowulf tears Grendels arms off of his body He is by far the strongest man to walk the earth and he is a true epic hero Beowulf also has a love of personal valor and courage He takes pride in being known as a mighty warrior and a true hero of the people His pride in gallantry is apparent in his encounter with Brecca He risked
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