Beowulf: the superhero of the poem. His tribe is the Geats, and his lord is Hygelac. He comes to help Hrothgar kill Grendel, because Beowulf is a monster-slayer of supernatural strength: "...a thane, they declared with the strength of thirty in the grip of each hand" (lines 380-381). The text tells us:
There was no one else like him alive. In his day, he was the mightiest man on earth, highborn and powerful (line 196-198).
Indeed, Beowulf's resumé, which he presents to Hrothgar, proves his credentials:
I am Hygelac's kinsman, one of his hall-troop. When I was younger, I had great triumphs... [My kinsmen] seen me boltered in the blood of enemies when I battled and bound five beasts, raided a troll-nest and in the night-sea slaughtered sea-brutes. I have suffered extremes and avenged the Geats (their enemies brought it upon themselves: I devastated them). Now I mean to be a match for Grendel (lines 407-409, 419-425).
Later in the poem, Beowulf becomes lord of the Geats and their ring-giver. Beowulf later dies in the battle with a dragon, trying to protect his people and acquire treasures for them.
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