later, Beowulf inherited the throne of the Geats. After he had
ruled wisely for 50 years, his kingdom was attacked by a
fierce dragon. It burned down all the houses, including
Beowulf’s great hall.
was angry because a thief had stolen a bejewelled cup from the
treasure it had hidden in a burial mound.
now an old man, but he still took some men and went to the
dragon’s lair. He swore to defeat the beast in single
battle took place. Beowulf broke his sword while slashing at
the beast. The dragon fought back. It engulfed him in flames
and wounded him in the neck.
Beowulf’s thanes fled, except Wiglaf who rushed through the
fire to help him. Wiglaf stabbed the dragon with his sword and
Beowulf cut the beast in half with his knife.
Beowulf realized he was now dying. He gave Wiglaf instructions
for his funeral.
returned to his fellow thanes and told them off for not
cremated Beowulf and buried his ashes with the dragon’s
treasure in a tomb called ‘Beowulf’s Barrow’ on the
cliff top overlooking the sea.