Beowulf, an epic poem written in Old English, tells the story of the mighty warrior of the Geats who comes to Danes to help their king, Hrothgar, defeat a vicious monster named Grendel who has been terrorizing their town and mead hall. Beowulf uses his epic strength and ability to defeat the monster with his bare hands and slay his evil mother when she seeks revenge. Beowulf becomes king of his own people, but a new monster awaits, a dragon guarding buried treasure.
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