Characteristics of an epic hero (including examples from Beowulf)

Is significant and glorified Beowulf is a leader, hrothgar has heard of his reputation
Is on a quest Chooses to go to the kingdom to defeat Grendel
Has superior are superhuman strength, intelligence and or courage Rips off Grendel’s arm. Able to hold breath for hours. Uses giant sword no ordinary man could lift
Is ethical Treats hrothgar with respect
Performs brave deeds Rips Grendel’s arm off. Fights him with his bare hands. Defeats Grendel’s mother
Risks death for glory or for the greater good of society Beouwulf vs. grendel Vs. grendels mother Vs. dragon

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