Tyler Ingram Beowulf’s Obituary 9/29/14 Block 5 A Day GEATLAND- Beowulf, 85, of Geatland, passed away at his residence due to natural causes. He was born in 495 A. D. at the family home in Geatland. Noted warrior and adventurer, Beowulf also had a great deal of Honor. The King Hrothgar had aided his own father in a time of need, and Beowulf readily served the King in his father’s stead. When Beowulf was a young man, he sailed to Denmark and defeated the seemingly unconquerable monster called Grendel. His not using anything, save his own bare hands, as the monster had no weapons, could attest to
Beowulf’s sense of fairness as well along with the sheer strength it would take to triumph. After defeating Grendel, Grendel’s mother was a force to be reckoned with. Not knowing if he would come back alive, Beowulf still went and fought the demon. And yet again, he was met with success. Not above a show of heroism, he cut off the head of Grendel that was in the lair and brought it to King Hrothgar. While bestowed with invaluable riches, it was more the glory and honor that Beowulf lived and eventually died for. As his cousin, Heardred, the only son of Hygelac, had perished years before, Beowulf became his uncle’s heir.
Upon the death of his uncle, King Hygelac, Beowulf became King of the Geats. After reigning for 50 years, a dragon was awakened. Beowulf was an old King by now, but being who he was, fought anyway. Although the dragon took the beloved King’s life, Beowulf, in a sheer act of bravery and will, took the dragon’s as well; thereby making his kingdom safe once again. Beowulf was born to be destined for greatness. He lived, breathed, and died by the principle of a noble leader: to protect and fight for the people. He was preceded in death by his father, Ecgtheow; grandfather, Hrethel; ousin, Heardred; and three uncles, Hygelac, Herebeald, and Haethcyn.. He is survived by his predecessor and distant cousin, Wiglaf. Wiglaf had spoken about Beowulf’s humble attributes by saying “he who gave us these swords and armor: all of us swore to repay him” (747-748). The watchman of the shores of Herot also spoke of Beowulf’s bravery saying “a chosen warrior… bearing our love. ” (209-212). As per Beowulf’s wishes, he is cremated and a funeral pyre is created to honor him. Then the Geats built the tower in Beowulf’s honor, where Beowulf’s ashes were sealed in for an internal sleep.