The following notes on the dragon's treasure are from Frederick Rebsamenpage
So, to begin, a brief synopsis. Most people know that the poem documents the struggle of the title character in vanquishing a monster named Grendel. But what is less well known is that Beowulf has to slay not one big monster, but three: The poem then ends with Beowulf, now in his twilight years, slaying a third monster this time, a dragonalthough this encounter proves his undoing, as he is fatally wounded in the battle.
It opens with an account of a Danish king named Hrothgar, who was the one responsible for building a great hall named Heorota hall which is now being terrorised by the monstrous Grendel.
Beowulf is from a different kingdom — the nearby Geatland, in modern-day Sweden — so we have one of the classic tropes of adventure narratives, that of the hero leaving home to go and vanquish some foe in a foreign land. Beowulf and his men spend the night at Heorot and wait for Grendel to turn up.
When the monster appears, Beowulf and his men attack the troll-like monster with their swords. So he does what lesser men would fear to do: Grendel flees, eventually dying of his wound.
Immunity to swords evidently runs in the family. But this time, hand-to-hand fighting, which had proved handy against Grendel, is equally useless. Both monsters have now been slain, and Beowulf is a hero. This fight results in one last victory for our great hero, followed by his own death from the mortal would inflicted by the poisoned horn of the beast though presumably Beowulf was rather advanced in years by this point anyway.
So, what about the context for the poem? It was only rescued from obscurity inwhen an Icelandic-Danish scholar named Thorkelin printed an edition of the poem. And although it is seen as the starting-point of great English literature — at many universities, it is still the earliest literary text studied as part of the literary canon — it is very different from other medieval poetry, such as that by Chaucer or Langland, who were writing many centuries later.
This is, of course, because Anglo-Saxon i. In ending with the tale of a dragon attempting to defend a mound of treasure, the poem prefigures not only the works of J.
Indeed, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries many scholars endeavoured to show that the author of Beowulf had been influenced by these classical works, but, in summary, the truth appears to be far more interesting. Rather than directly drawing on the work of Homer and Virgil, the Beowulf poet simply seems to have hit upon the idea of using similar plot devices and character types.
This suggests that different cultures, in these old days of oral storytelling, utilised the same methods in very different works of literature, without having direct knowledge of each other.
We can compare Beowulf, too, with the legend of King Arthur which began to appear in written sources around the same timespecifically in terms of the magic sword which the hero of both stories uses in order to fulfil his quest.
These aspects seem to be hard-wired within us and to be integral parts of human nature: Although the analogy might seem a little crude, the mechanics of the plot are not so far removed from, say, a James Bond or Indiana Jones film, or a fast-paced fantasy novel or superhero comic strip. The hero takes it upon himself to save the kingdom at immense personal risk to himself.
The foe he faces is no ordinary foe, and conventional weapons are powerless against it. But this action has consequences, and is in fact merely the prologue to a bigger conflict that must take place: But this next conflict will prove even more difficult: But hand-to-hand combat — which was deployed successfully in the vanquishing of Grendel — is also of no use now.
The odds continue to be stacked against our hero, the difficulties multiplying, the tension raised to an almost unbearable pitch. Can he still save the day, when everything he tries seems to be of no avail?
Well, yes — though for a while the chances of Beowulf triumphing are looking less and less likely. The final encounter, with the dragon years later, will prove the most difficult of all — and although he is successful and overcomes the monster, he will pay the ultimate price: This patterning of three — three monsters, each of which proves successively more of a challenge to the hero — is found in numerous adventure plots.
To a greater or lesser extent, it can be seen in much modern fantasy fiction — such as that by Tolkien. Rather than viewing it as a historical document, Tolkien urged, we should be reading and appreciating it as a work of poetry.
The story is about overcoming an evil foe, only to have to give way to death at the end: Grendel and his mother, then, are similarly outcasts, something that has been rejected by mainstream society and whose violence must be overcome. For more on Tolkien, have a read of our five fascinating facts about him.
Beowulf has an almost divine strength, but also something primal and temporal, but just as valuable: Images top to bottom:Beowulf Script taken from a transcript of the screenplay and/or the Robert Zemeckis movie I was rather hoping to die in battle as a warrior should!
Heave! The men are worried the storm has no end, Beowulf. -Show it to me. -I will not. You will show it to me first. Bollocks, Wiglaf. I'll show it first to Beowulf. The King needs to see it. a large poem that tells of obstacles, a story, and events in a culture/nation.
Hrothgar. King of the Danes. Wiglaf. Geat warrior, one of Beowulf's select warriors, the only one who stays with Beowulf to help him fight the dragon. Grendel. man-eating monster who lives at the bottom of the mere, killed by Beowulf.
Grendel's mother. water. With regard to Beowulf’s last scene and final words to the young warrior Wiglaf, an analysis of three translations of the poem, by E.
Talbot Donaldson, R.M. Liuzza, and Seamus Armor, Reputation and Chivalry in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Anonymous. Though these two outlooks are somewhat oppositional, each character acts as society dictates he should given his particular role in society.
While the values of the warrior become clear through Beowulf’s example throughout the poem, only in the poem’s more didactic moments are the responsibilities of a king to his people discussed.
Beowulf - The protagonist of the epic, Beowulf is a Geatish hero who fights the monster Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a fire-breathing yunusemremert.comf’s boasts and encounters reveal him to be the strongest, ablest warrior around.
In his youth, he personifies all of the best values of the heroic culture. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet.