As much as Beowulf fought the fire breathing dragon, he knew he wouldn’t win. Wiglaf knew Beowulf isn’t as strong as he was before so he stepped in and fought the battle for Beowulf his King.
As Wiflaf defeated the dragon, he took all the treasure he could before going to Beowulf’s aid. He brought the treasure to Beowulf but saw Beowulf grasping for air. Beowulf gave all his treasurable accessories to Wiglaf and ordered him to use them well. Beowulf’s last wish was for Wiglaf and the men to build him a tomb at the waters edge so that the sailor should can remember his name while crossing the sea.
Wiglaf and the men did what Beowulf asked and built the tower so that sailors can find it while sailing. The treasure from the dragon was also left in the tower with Beowulf. The Geats rode around tower and mourned his death. They cried that no better king had ever lived, no man so open to his people, so deserving of praise.