to the lord of the Danes; nor deem I right
that aught be hidden. We hear—thou knowest
if sooth it is—the saying of men,
that amid the Scyldings a scathing monster,
dark ill-doer, in dusky nights
shows terrific his rage unmatched,
hatred and murder. (IV, 13-20)
Beowulf and his men go searching for danger and they accomplish this by offering to help Hrothgar defeat Grendel. It was not their personal duty to do this but they choose to be adventurous. Another reason why this is the theme is because Hrothgar returns to Beowulf and requests that he go and defeat Grendel’s vengeful mother. Beowulf accepts to fight and defeat her, despite the fact that she is out to specifically kill Beowulf; especially since he is the one who murdered her son. This is exemplified when Beowulf says to Hrothgar,” Each of us all must his end abide/in the ways of the world; so win who may/glory ere death” (4-7). He shows that he believes that he’s going to wait for his death anyway; it might as well be while seeking himself and his glory. Finally, this is a universal theme because it is not only Beowulf and his men who must continue to seek...