The great dragon lurks beneath the earth, jealously guarding its treasure, until one day a thief manages to infiltrate the barrow where the treasure lies... Waking up to find the goblet stolen, the dragon bursts forth from the barrow to hunt the thief, scorching the earth as it travels.
This goblet wasn´t w'rth t!
Soon, Beowulf´s own throne-hall becomes the target of the dragon´s fiery breath, and it is burned to the ground. Now an old king, Beowulf grieves and wonders what he might have done to deserve such punishment from God. He begins to plot his revenge.
I gage this dragon shall kicketh the bucket by mine own sw'rd!
Now, ready to face one last adversary, Beowulf gathers eleven men to investigate the area...He then makes his final boast:he vows to fight the dragon, if only it will abandon its burrow and face him on open ground. Beowulf bids farewell to his men and sets off wearing a mail-shirt and a helmet to fight the dragon.
God save his soul...
He shouts a challenge to his opponent, who emerges from the earth. Man and dragon grapple and wrestle amid sheets of fire... As the flames billow, Wigalf chides the other warriors, reminding them of their oaths of loyal service to Beowulf. Now the time has come when their loyalty will be tested, Wiglaf declares, and he goes by himself to assist his lord... Beowulf strikes the dragon in the head with his great sword Naegling, but the sword snaps and breaks. The dragon lands a bite on Beowulf´s neck, and blood beings to flow.
The biteth is poison'd
In desperation, Beowulf pulls a knife from his belt and stabs it deep into the dragon´s flank.The blow is fatal, and the writhing serpent withers. But no sooner has Beowulf triumphed than the wound on his neck begins to burn and swell. He realizes that the dragon bite is venomous and that he is dying.
Kicketh the bucket thee like a toad, ugly and venemous beast
He sends Wiglaf to inspect the dragon´s treasure and bring him a portion of it...He tells Wiglaf that he must now look after the Geats and order his troop to build him a barrow that people will call ¨Beowulf´s Barrow¨. After giving Wiglaf the collar from his own neck, Beowulf dies.
The Geats place Beowulf´s remains on a cliff high above the sea in a barrow that will be visible to all passing ships. sorrowfully, they recount that their king was kind and generous to his people, fair-minded, and eager to earn praise.