In his far-off home Beowulf, Higlac’s follower and the strongest of the Geats-greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world—
Beowulf Speaks Wirth Wulfgar
"Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror and quickly commanded a boat fitted out... So Beowulf chose the mightiest men he could find, The bravest and best of the Geats, fourteen In all, and led them down to their boat"
Beowulf is Asked to Come In & Greets Hrothgar & Sells Himself
"I swam in the blackness of night, hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one..."
"He knew the sea, would point the prow straight to that distant Danish shore. . . ."
Hrothgar Replies to Beowulf's Favor
How many times have my men, glowing with courage drawn from too many cups of ale, sworn to stay after dark and stem that horror with a sweep of their swords.
Then Wulfgar went to the door and addressed the waiting seafarers with soldier’s words: “My lord, the great king of the Danes, commands me to tell you that he knows of your noble birth and that having come to him from over the open sea you have come bravely and are welcome.
He greeted the Danes’ great lord: “Hail, Hrothgar!"
"That I, alone and with the help of my men, may purge all evil from this hall."
"That this one favor you should not refuse me..."
"Beowulf, you’ve come to us in friendship..." "But to table, Beowulf, a banquet in your honor: Let us toast your victories, and talk of the future."
"This mead-hall glittering with new light would be drenched with blood..."