This he laid on Beowulf's lap and then rewarded him with land as well, seven thousand hides, and a hall and a throne. When Beowulf sailed with his men to Herot he had one goal, to rid the hall of Grendal. Beowulf, like other epic heroes, possesses the following heroic qualities: epic heroes are superhuman types of beings. In this lesson, we will take a look at a few important quotes about honor from 'Beowulf. He shows all of the qualities and traits that a true hero possesses.
No one else could do what I mean to, here, no man but me could hope to defeat this monster. It makes him special and causes him to stand out from all other men. This trait is common even in modern day superheroes; Spiderman saves the city with no compensation, Captain America fights against the evil organization with no request for anything in return, and even Thor does not ask for anything in return when he saves the human race from the outside threat of his younger brother, Loki. Beowulf discovers his sword is useless against the mother and continues to fight with his bare hands. He's someone who'll give everything he has to protect the people he loves and the kingdom he serves. Over the waves, with the wind behind her and foam at her neck, she flew like a bird.
Then his warriors laid him in the middle of it, mourning a lord far-famed and beloved. And a young prince must be prudent like that, giving freely while his father lives so that afterwards in age when fighting starts steadfast companions will stand by him and hold the line. Hrothgar has a very high expectation of Beowulf and Beowulf has a high reputation to uphold. It is kind of the feminine value in the midst of warfare. If your lord, Hrethel's son, is slain by a spear, Or falls sick and dies. Given to Beowulf by Hrothgar, it is then presented to Hygelac, who will die wearing it.
Beowulf Lines 2596-2601: As the fire breathing dragon gets the upper hand against Beowulf, all but one of his hand-picked men preparedd to stand by him, the brave Wiglaf. The thegns retreat for safety, except for Wiglaf and Beowulf who display another characteristic of an epic hero, bravery, when they face the dragon on their own. He says that he will either win this fight or die. Beowulf is speaking to Hrothgar. And now the youth was to enter the line of battle with his lord, his first time to be tested as a fighter. Nobody on earth knew of another building like it.
Along with the golden torque, symbolizing kingship, goes glory - but also suffering and doom. A hero is what people see him as. The criteria for a hero is debatable, but for the most part the characteristics are the same. We must bond together, shield and helmet, mail-shirt and sword. During his 50-year rule, the kingdom is attacked by a dragon whose treasure was stolen. These conditions only allowed people of great bravery to survive and men of outstanding courage were admired the populous.
Now I am old, but as king of the people I shall pursue this fight for the glory of winning, if the evil one will only abandon his earth-fort and face me in the open. The warrior culture dictates that it is always better to retaliate than to mourn. Still, Unferth is courageous and clever, which counts for something in spite of his past crimes. Beowulf was simply trying to avenge the deaths of his men, but revenge and hatred make the strongest hero weak. He is speaking about Heremod.
As Beowulf got older he became more sensible and wiser. For some it could be a parent, a community hero, such as a fire fighter or police officer, or even just a regular person that you find to be heroic. The relationship between kings and their heroes would keep the kingdom held together with strong bonds in times of peace and war. After all, it's not one man who runs away while the others all stay - everyone runs away and only one man, Wiglaf, is brave enough to stay. They stretched their beloved lord in his boat, laid out by the mast, amidships, the great ring-giver.
All of these characteristics are highlighted in Beowulf. A ring-whorled prow rode in the harbour, Ice-clad, outbound, a craft for a prince. Part of the passage above speaks clearly on how Beowulf selflessly gives his prized possessions away. Being able to use a sword that no ordinary man was able to carry gives the feeling that Beowulf is something more than a human being. However, his humanity is exposed by his death.