Now, ready to face one last adversary, Beowulf gathers eleven men to investigate the area . . . He vows to fight the dragon, if only it will abandon its barrow and face him on open ground.
I will single-handedly defeat this monster just like I defeated Grendel and his mother!
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 begins to flow. Wiglaf rushes to Beowulf's aid, stabbing the dragon in the belly. But no sooner had 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.
I will avenge you Beowulf!
Wiglaf descends into the barrow and quickly returns to Beowulf with an armload of treasure. The old king is dying, thanks God for the treasure that he has won for his people . . . Beowulf dies.
Look after the Geats and have the troops build me a barrow and call it "Beowulf's Barrow".