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With Grendel's mother destroyed, peace was restored throughout the land. Beowulf became king of the Geats. But one day, a fire-breathing dragon begins to terrorize the Geats , and Beowulf takes on the challenge of fighting it. Beowulf uttered his final words: " I've never known fear, as youth I fought [i]n endless battles. I'm old now, [b]ut i will fight again [ . . . ] [i]f the dragon dares to face me." He then said farewell to his followers one last time. (Raffel 597-611).
Beowulf and the Geats were approaching the dragon's lair, with a shield and sword in each hand. Upon approaching the lair, they "felt the heat [o]f the dragon's breath, flooding down [t]hrough the hidden entrance [ . . . ] a streaming current of fire and smoke that blocked all passages" (640-644).
Boewulf and the Geats then entered the lair. Hearing his battle cry, "the beast arose [ . . . ] [k]nowing that a man had come- and nothing but war could have followed. It's breath came first [ . . . ] Beowulf [s]wung his shield into place," shielding the flames from him (649-654).
His shield was working like he planned, but "then it began to melt [a]nd for the first time in his life [Beowulf] [f]ought with fate against him, with glory denied him." He knew he wasn't going to make it through this fight , so "he raised his sword [a]nd struck at the dragons scales" (667-670).
As Beowulf structs the dragon "[he] leaped [w]ith pain, [ . . . ] spouting [m]urderous flames, spreading them everywhere." As the dragon came at him again, " none of his comrades [c]ame to help him [ . . . ] they ran fort heir lives [and] fled [d]eep into the woods" (675-677, 691-694).
But as all of them ran into the woods, only one remained. "His name is Wiglaf, he was Wexstan's son [a]nd a good solider." He made up his mind and with "his heavy heart he uttered the kind of words his comrades deserved: he gave us these swords [a]nd armor: all of us swore to repay him [ . . . ] I swear that nothing [h]e ever did deserved an end [l]ike this, dying miserably and alone." Wiglaf then went back to fight alongside Beowulf (897-898, 705-707, 731-733).
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