Beowulf, Higlac's follower and the strongest of the Geats- greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in the world, Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror and quickly commanded a boat be fitted out. He chose the mightiest of men he could find, the bravest and best of the Geats, fourteen in all.
Grendel twisted in pain, and bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped, muscle and bone split and broke. The battle was over. Beowulf had been granted a new glory; Grendel escaped, but wounded as he was could flee to his den.
Then he saw, hanging on the wall, a heavy sword, hammered by giants, strong and blessed with their magic, the best of all weapons.
Beowulf returns to the land of the Geats, where he succeeds to the throne. Fifty winters pass, Beowulf now an old man faces his final task.
Beowulf must fight a dragon who, angry because a theif had stolen a jeweled cup from it's hoard of gold.
The old man's mouth was silent, spoke no more, had said as much as he could; He would sleep in the fire. His soul left, his flesh, slew to new glory. Our Father in Heaven, Ruler of the Earth— For all of this, that His grace has given me, 805 Allowed me to bring to my people while breath Still came to my lips. I sold my life For this treasure, and I sold it well.