I will defeat the evil sea witch with the giant's sword
King Hrothgar of the Danes seeks help from Beowulf. Hrothgar's mead hall is being attacked by a monster known as Grendel. His savage attacks have caused 12 years of isolation for the Danes. Only Beowulf, the mightiest warrior, can help Hrothgar and his people.
King of the Geats
I, Beowulf, am the new king of Geatland.
Beowulf plans a surprise attack on Grendel. Grendel thinks the warriors are asleep so he begins his feast. However, Beowulf is determined to defeat him unarmed. Beowulf rips off Grendel's arm and proudly hangs the arm in the mead hall as a trophy. Beowulf is rewarded and goes back to Geatland. Grendel runs away and dies shortly after.
The Final Monster
Devastated over the loss of her son, Grendel's mother plans her revenge. She attacks the mead hall and kills several people including King Hrothgar's best friend. She steals the arm of Grendel back and runs away to her underwater lair. Beowulf defeats her with a sword forged by giants. He brings back her and Grendel's severed heads to King Hrothgar as proof of his victory.
Burial of a King
Beowulf is back in Geatland where he succeeds as the next King of the Geats. He rules for 50 years and is recognized as the strongest warrior in the land. He soon catches wind of a final monster in the Land of the Danes. He seeks out this monster to prove he still is the greatest warrior.
Beowulf and Wiglaf go into the dragon's lair to defeat the monster. However, Beowulf is elderly and he is defeated. His last requests detail his burial arraingments and how he wishes to see what the dragon was protecting.
My Lord, I have the treasure you requested to see.
I am dying.
Wiglaf and 12 men with horses attend the burial. Beowulf has a traditional funeral of being taken out to sea with treasures and having a large pillar erected in his honor.