Possessing superhuman strength, Beowulf is the world's fiercest warrior. Of royal lineage, Beowulf is the nephew of King Hygelac. The king of the Danes, Hrothgar, has appealed to King Hygelac for help in defeating a terrible monster terrorizing his lands. Beowulf is sent to defeat the evil monster, Grendel, bringing glory to both himself and his king. Be sure you understand one of literature's earliest heroes by taking the quiz over the character of Beowulf from eNotes.