Beowulf is the titular hero of an epic poem from the Middle Ages. 



Beowulf as portrayed by Ray Winstone in the 2007 film of the same title

The son of a mighty warrior from Sweden, Beowulf traveled to the court of King Hrothgar, which the monster Grendel was terrorizing. He fought and successfully killed the beast and later on battled and killed its mother. In his later years, a dragon attacked his kingdom and he sacrificed himself to defeat it.

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