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Different cultures around the world admire and appreciate certain traits or characteristics of a person to make them ideal In the story of Beowulf which narrates the heroics of a Scandinavian warrior we grasp some traits that where appreciated by the Scandinavian culture As a youth he achieved his popularity in foreign lands by defeating evil monsters such as Grendal and Grendals Mother After these fights he was offered treasures and kingdoms to rule but refused to accept the kingdoms and remained loyal to his king Hygelac After the death of his beloved King he ruled with the main purpose to care for his people Then after half a century of rule in his country he fought a dragon that was angered by a warrior who stole some treasures from his lair During this fight while Beowulf received a wound that lead to his death We consider Beowulf to have the traits of a Scandinavian hero because he exhibits the following traits Physically Strong Loyalty and Popularity A Scandinavian trait that was well recognized was being a physically strong person Beowulf demonstrates that being strong is his most notable trait As seafarers used to say I remember who took the gifts of the Geat people in token of our friendship- that in his hands grasps had the strength of other thirty men p 63 Not only did he have this rare gift but used it all the time to protect his people During the fight between Beowulf and Grendal he decided to make the fight fair by not using a sword since Grendal was a terrible sword player therefore Beowulf wrestled to monster to death p64-64 The final example Although Beowulf was strong he served his king in the most loyal way a warrior could He was offered lands and treasures for himself but denied every offering Instead he accepted the gifts to take to his king Hygelac Convey also
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