A monster seized me, drew me swiftly toward the bottom, swimming with its claws tight in my flesh. But fate let me find its heart with my sword, hack myself free; I fought that beast's last battle, left it floating lifeless in the sea.
Beowulf's First Battle
Beowulf, a Geat, came to the land of the Danes to help King Hrothgar defeat a monster, Grendal, that is attacking the king's hall, Herot.
Beowulf fights and defeats the monster, Grendal, with his bare hands after being attacked in the mead hall, Herot. He then rips off Grendal's arm before Grendal can flee, which Grednal's mother arrives to retrieve.
Beowulf's Final Fight
Chasing Grendal's mother to their home, Beowulf spends hours diving into lake to finish killing Grendal.
Having reached Grendal's home, Beowulf does battle with Grendal's mother, shattering his sword in the process. He uses a magic giant's sword to finish her off and cut both Grendal's and his mother's heads off.
After being showered with riches and ruling Geatland for 50 years, Beowulf and his thane Wiglaf fight and kill a dragon, but Beowulf sustains a mortal wound in the fight.
But those days are over and gone and now our lord must lean on younger arms. And we must go to him, while angry flames burn at his flesh, help our glorious king!
After Beowulf's death, Wiglaf is crowned the new king of Geatland and 12 warriors ride around Beowulf's barrow to honor him.
And then twelve of the bravest Geats rode their horses around the tower, telling their sorrow, telling stories of their dead king and his greatness, his glory, praising him for heroic deeds, for a life as noble as his name.