Beowulf was written during the Anglo-Saxon era. The Anglo-Saxons admired those who upheld the ethics of their society through leadership, loyalty, strength and bravery. These epic heroes prevailed over insurmountable odds, and were glorified by the people who progressed because of their victories. Beowulf did so and he ultimately surpassed the qualities of being an epic hero. Accordingly, heroes and epic heroes alike gained the praise and respect of their subjects as well as their enemies. To be labeled a hero, one must put aside his personal welfare for the good of others. Beowulf
"Lucky or not, nine was the number of sea-huge monsters I killed. What man, anywhere under Heaven's high arch, has fought in such darkness, endured more misery, or been harder pressed?" (Line #307). Beowulf wanted to be looked upon as superior in strength. Any hero needs strength in order to be of value. Before a new conquest, he would often sing his own praises of how there is no stronger or greater warrior than he.
Beowulf had the power to rip off, with his bare hands the arm of Grendel, the first monster encountered. This unbelievable strength also enabled Beowulf to cut off the head of Grendel's mother in her underwater lair with a sword no ordinary man could even carry alone. The endurance to swim across a sea for five nights was only one other attribute of his. "My people have saidÃ¢ÂÂ¦They have seen my strength for themselves, have watched me rise from the darkness of war, dripping with my enemies' blood" (Line #149). There was no doubt that the people of Herot knew of Beowulf's tales of strength. They told of his glory to others so he may be remembered.
Beowulf had uncertainty in what he was capable of doing like any hero,