When Beowulf heard of Grendel he immediatly gathered men and prepared a boat.
"Over the waves, with the waves behind her with the wind behind her and foam at her neck..." (17) Beowulf crosses the sea into the kingdom of the Danes where adventure awaits.
The Road Back
"The hero arose, aurrounbded nclosly by his poweful thanes... 'Greeting to Hrothgar. I am Hygelac's kinsmen, one of his halltroop'"(29). Beowulf meets Hrothgar who sets Beowulfup for his trials.
"The captain of evil discovered himself in a handgrip harder than anything he had ever encountered in any man on the face of the Earth"(51).
"He ruled it for fifty years winters grew old and wise as warden of the land"(151). After Beowulf defeated Grendel he eventually became king of Geatland.
"But witin one heart sorrow welled up: in a man of worth the claims of kinship connot be denied"(175). Wiglaf rose to the challenge against the fearsome dragon and proved his worth. When Beowulf died Wiglaf would be a worthy heir to the throne.