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What are some examples of Beowulf being fearless during his battle with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon?

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The fact that Beowulf is fighting any of these foes is a testament to his fearlessness.  He chose to go defend Hrothgar against Grendel; because of that, he had to fight Grendel's mother; because of that, undoubtedly, he was named successor to King Hygelac and fought the battle against the dragon to protect his people.  That being said, there are some specific examples of fearlessness in Beowulf.

First, he chose to fight Grendel without weapons.  He made that choice because that's...

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