Beowulf's fight with the dragon

Beowulf's fight with the dragon

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  • "This fight is not yours, nor is it up to any man except me" (lines 2532-2533)
  • Beowulf says farewell to his men as he knows that this will be his last fight. 
  • Beowulf charges the dragon and attempts to wound it but his sword, Naegling, breaks against the dragon's scales and the dragon fatally wounds him.
  • All but one of Beowulf's men flee to the woods and leave Beowulf to fight alone. 
  • "I give thanks that I behold this treasure here in front of me, that I have been allowed to leave my people so well endowed" (lines 2795-2798)
  • Wigalf, the only warrior who didn't run away, comes to help Beowulf. Although he has never been in combat before, he bravely fights the dragon with Beowulf.
  • With Wigalf's help, Beowulf slays the dragon that had been terrorizing his people, fulfilling his duty as their king. Although he won, he was fatally wounded by the dragon and he knows he will die soon.
  • In his last moments, Beowulf is glad that he can leave such a great inheritance for his people after his death. His last request is that Wigalf order his troops to build him a barrow as a reminder of his great deeds and heroic acts.
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