Courses this book is used in:
- Literature 11: Era of Christendom:
- Self Paced
The Old English epic poem Beowulf tells the story of a young Geatish warrior who comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the King of the Danes, whose kingdom is being terrorized by a monster named Grendel. Beowulf uses his epic strength and bravery to slay Grendel in Hrothgar̢'s mead hall, Heorot, and then to slay Grendela's vengeful mother in her underwater lair. Beowulf's fame spreads, and he returns home to Geatland laden with treasure for his king, Hygelac. Beowulf later becomes the king of the Geats and rules for a peaceful fifty years. When a dragon begins to pose a threat to Geatland, Beowulf and his servant Wiglaf set off to defeat it. Beowulf succeeds in slaying the dragon, but dies in the process.The poem is a subtle blending of themes - the conflict of good and evil, and an examination of heroism. Written by a Christian, it is the story of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against monsters.