Beowulf - The Dragon

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  • I will fight the dragon alone. You wait on the barrow
  • A slave steals a golden cup from the lair of a dragon at Earnanæs.
  • When the dragon sees that the cup has been stolen, it leaves its cave in a rage, burning everything in sight.
  • I must help lord Beowulf
  • Beowulf and his warriors come to fight the dragon, but Beowulf tells his men that he will fight the dragon alone and that they should wait on the barrow.
  • Beowulf descends to do battle with the dragon, but finds himself outmatched.
  • His men, upon seeing this and fearing for their lives, retreat into the woods. One of his men, Wiglaf, however, in great distress at Beowulf's plight, comes to his aid.
  • The two slay the dragon, but Beowulf is mortally wounded.
  • After Beowulf's death, he is ritually burned on a great pyre in Geatland while his people wail and mourn him, fearing that without him, the Geates are defenseless against attacks from surrounding tribes.
  • After Beowulf's death, he is ritually burned on a great pyre in Geatland while his people wail and mourn him, fearing that without him, the Geates are defenseless against attacks from surrounding tribes.
  • Afterwards, a barrow, visible from the sea, is built in his memory.
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