Beowulf was born into royalty and lived in Denmark until he was young man, when he left home to fight in foreign wars. He became famous for his strength and bravery, which led him to be chosen as king of the Geats (a people who lived near Sweden). Beowulf ruled for 50 years until an old enemy came back from afar seeking revenge. This man was named Grendel, who was said to have been born from Cain (the son of Adam) and Lilith (the first wife of Adam).
He is an epic hero because he embodies the ideal characteristics of a hero, including courage, strength, wisdom, and loyalty.
Beowulf’s strength and bravery are evident throughout his story. He was raised as a warrior from birth, trained from childhood with weapons and shields by his father Ecgtheow. His bravery is shown when he fights the Grendel, who has been terrorizing the Danes for years in the mead hall where they live. Beowulf attacks Grendel with only an iron sword and a shield, but despite being severely injured by Grendel’s claws and teeth, Beowulf kills him by ripping off one of his arms (lines 1498-1552). Even though Beowulf is wounded badly during this battle with Grendel, he continues fighting until he has defeated his enemy.