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     Beowulf is an epic poem that is believed to have been written in either the eighth or tenth century BC. The only existing manuscript is from the tenth century, but it still remains unclear if this is when it was actually written. Unfortunately, the writer of this brilliant work is unknown, so in this case credit cannot be given where credit is due.

     The hero of the poem is Beowulf, a great warrior who possesses the strength of thirty men, fighting monsters and dragons until the end of his days. The adventure begins as Beowulf travels to the kingdom of the Danes to save them from the mighty Grendel. He battles supernatural monsters before attaining his victory and restoring peace to the kingdom. When he returns home, he himself becomes a great king and rules the Geats for fifty years. At the end of his reign, he meets his death fighting a ferocious fire-breathing dragon. Beowulf's death reflects his life, and his legacy shall live on forever.

     If you are interested in learning more about this glorious hero, delve deeper into the world of Beowulf.

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