Beowulf by Anonymous, translated by Seamus Heaney Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero, saves the Danes from the monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies ina vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath.
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Beowulf's Dragon - This dragon was attacking villages in Beowulf's kingdom because a golden cup was stolen from him, which had never been done before. When he hears of the beast attacking the villages, he and his men go to destoy it. As the battle begins, all save one of Beowulf's men had abandoned him, despite the fact that they pledged comatatus to him. Beowulf's fight against the dragon was his last, and he died shortly after after defeating it.