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To the Anglo-Saxons, Beowulf was a model hero. But how does he come across to modern audiences? 

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Like many epic heroes from antiquity and the Middle Ages, Beowulf may strike modern readers as being a violent and above all boastful man. For instance, when he appears before Hrothgar to announce his intention to destroy Grendel, he claims that the "best of my people" advised him to go there because

...they know full well the strength of my might. They themselves were witnesses when I came from battle, flecked with my foes' blood; there I bound five beasts and bested the brood of giants. I slew beasts by night on the waves, avenging at my own peril the Geats, whose woe they sought—I crushed these grim ones. Grendel, this cruel monster, will now be mine to best in single battle!

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