King Hrothgar's Celebration Hall called "Herot"...
Grendel attacks the Danes and kills all of Hrothgar's men
❖ Before the hero of an epic does his business in the epic, he has usually established himselfin combat during a war. ❖ Sometimes, as in The Iliad, we see the hero at war. ❖ In most, like Beowulf and The Odyssey, the hero has spent much time in battle.
A Noble Birth
Beowulf son of the great Geat King and his men sail to Hrothgar's Kingdom to kill Grendel.
❖ Before a hero can be celebrated by countries the world over, he must first be recognized inhis home country as a great and heroic person.
Capable of deeds of great strength and courage
Beowulf battles and kills Grendel and slices off Grendel's arm.
❖ Most epic heroes will have an above average station in life. ❖ They will be kings, princes, or nobles of some sort. ❖ Commoners usually do no become epic heroes.
❖ Basically, this means the hero has the potential for great deeds. ❖ The magnitude of these actions are well above and beyond what the commoner does. ❖ While most epic heroes are good, not all are.