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Accordingly, just as Scyld became a great Danish king, Beowulf later becomes a great Geatish king. ) We learn of Beowulf's adventure-and-testing period when he relates stories about his past to Hrothgar. Beowulf had a reputation for heroic success, and even his defeats were seemingly common knowledge. Unferth, remember, challenges Beowulf to defend a youthful, ''foolhardy" swimming contest with Breca. Beowulf does not deny that it was foolish pride on his and Breca's part, but he emphasizes that they were both young when the event occurred.
Wiglaf strikes a blow to the dragon in the belly, and Beowulf pulls out a razor-sharp dagger and delivers the death blow, ripping open the dragon's entrails. Afterward, Wiglaf bathes Beowulf's fatal wound, while Beowulf bemoans the fact that he has no son to whom he can give his inheritance. He reviews his life again and thanks God that he has been such a good king and that he has never murdered a kinsman, even under the influence of strong drink. Beowulf orders Wiglaf to look after the Geats and, after the funeral fire is extinguished, build a high tomb at the sea's edge and call it "Beowulf's Barrow"; it will be a reminder of Beowulf's fearless courage, an inspiration for future mariners as they set out across the misty seas.
Hrothgar builds Heorot, the great Hall of the Hart, which becomes famous far and wide. Here, he holds great feasts and distributes his wealth among his people, and for many years, there is much joy and gladness in the hall. Then one night without warning, Grendela gigantic, bear-like ogreattacks the hall, killing thirty of Hrothgar's sleeping thanes before his thirst for blood is sated. Grendel's violence soon becomes an obsession, and for twelve years, his raids continue. During these years, Hrothgar grieves for the tragic fate of his loyal thanes.