But he Died a Hero
Beowulf has done much good in his life and is deserving of praise fit for the mightiest of heroes. He was the strongest man in the world, saved the Danes from Grendel and Grendel's mother, and protected his own land by defeating a dragon.
He saved the Danes
Beowulf purged Herot of Grendel and his mother. The Danes needed someone strong enough to save them and Beowulf was the man to do it. Beowulf went to Hrothgar and asked "that I, alone and with the help of my men, may purge all evil from this hall"(44). Beowulf had traveled across the sea in order to cleanse Herot of the monster Grendel.
He saved his own people from a dragon
50 years after defeating Grendel, Beowulf's cousin and uncle had died and he was the king. A thief disturbed a dragon which began terrorizing the Geats. Beowulf decided to undergo the task of killing it, he said, "I am old, now, but i will fight again, seek fame still, if the dragon hiding in his tower dares to face me"(58). He fought the dragon alone and with honor but was unable to defeat it alone. Beowulf killed it with the help of Wiglaf, but not before receiving his final wound.