Beowulf bids farewell to his men and sets off wearing a mail-shirt and a helmet to fight the dragon
He shouts a challenge to his opponent, who emerges from the earth.
Wiglaf 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
The dragon lands a bite on Beowulf’s neck, and blood begins to flow
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..
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.