Beowulf, More Siegmund or Hermond?

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Beowulf, more Siegmund or Hermond?

In the story of Beowulf, Beowulf just killed Grendel and the story tellers were telling stories of two different men. One was Hermod who was “granted greater strength than anyone” (Beowulf 1717). He, “ignored all wise men’s warnings,/Ruled only with courage” (Beowulf 907-908). In the end his pride had lead him to exile and ultimately to his death. Siegmund was a courageous, brave, and famous warrior who fought giants, monsters, and a treasure-rich dragon. His fame would last beyond his lifetime. Although Hermod and Siegmund were two different types of people, Beowulf’s life reflects both at different times of his life.

In parts of Beowulf, Beowulf’s life relates more to Siegmund. In the beginning of Beowulf, Beowulf and his men arrive in Denmark to help the Danes with Grendel. Beowulf alone kills Grendel and his mother. After the battles Hrothgar, king of the Danes, has a banquet for him. He then gives a speech to Beowulf. He says, “Your fame is everywhere, my friend,/ Reaches to the ends of earth, and you hold it/ in your heart wisely” (Beowulf 1703-1705). Hrothgar is pointing out that Beowulf is famous throughout the world, but yet he is humble and doesn’t give in to his pride. In the story of Siegmund it had said he had, “Fame that would last him beyond life and death” (Beowulf 885-886). At the end of Beowulf, Beowulf is faced with a fire breathing dragon who is bringing terror to his land. He then decides that he will fight him. He gives his final beot saying, “no man but me/ Could hope to defeat this monster. No one/Could try. And this dragon’s treasure, his gold/ And everything hidden in that tower, will be mine” (Beowulf 2535-2537). Beowulf is telling us that he is going to fight and defeat the dragon and take his treasure. Siegmund's story had also said, “His daring battle with a treasure rich dragon./ heaving a hoary gray rock aside/Siegmund had gone down to the dragon alone” (Beowulf 886-888). In...
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