In the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, there are battles between Beowulf himself
and several different monsters. Any time I think of a battle, there are three words
that comes to mind. These three words are Fate, Loyalty, and Glory; all of these are
present in each of Beowulf's battles and these were also important to the Anglo-Saxon. These values are important to them because they wanted be known as the most courageous and powerful warriors. The episodes of fury are when Beowulf fights Grendel, Grendel's mother, and then a dragon fifty years after his battle with
Grendel's mother. All of this fighting is started by Hrothgar, the king of the danes, when he builds a mead hall in appreciation of his warrior's loyalty.
The first battle is between our hero Beowulf, a Geatish warrior and Grendel,
a demon descended from Cain who preys on Hrothgar's warriors in the mead hall of
Heorot. Fate is present because a great warrior is needed to defeat the monster and
it just so happens that Beowulf is the best in all the lands. Loyalty is present when Beowulf chooses to fight the monster for king Hrothgar who had done Ecgtheow,
Beowulf's father, a great favor. So Beowulf goes on to defeat the horrible monster
unarmed, eventually ripping the creatures arm off when it's trying to flee in fear of it's life. And then of course Glory comes into the picture when Beowulf celebrates his victory over the creature that has plagued the mead hall.
The second battle is between our heroic Beowulf and Grendel's mother, the
unnamed swamp-hag who seeks revenge for her son. Fate comes into play here when Beowulf defeats and unknowingly kills her son. So, Grendel’s mother comes back for vengeance. Loyalty comes about this time because the mother of Grendel is going to fight Beowulf and try to avenge the death of her son. However, the glory of this battle is not belonging to Grendel's mother. The glory belongs to Beowulf because he defeats her, too.