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Why does Beowulf attack the dragon?

Fifty years have passed and Beowulf was eighty. As a payment to the king of the Danes he decided to fight the Dragon. The Dragon was in possession of a great treasure which he found buried in a cave. One day a man tried to take a cup away from the Dragon in order to free himself from the crime of killing his brother.

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Correspondingly, what does the dragon symbolize in Beowulf?

Dragon. The dragon symbolizes greed. He hoards gold and treasures in his lair, which represents the opposite of the Anglo-Saxons' accepted practice. As demonstrated in Beowulf, gold is to be used by the ring-givers (kings) to reward the deeds of heroes, particularly successful warriors returning from conquest.

Also, what happens to Naegling in the battle with the dragon? Now the time has come when their loyalty will be tested, Wiglaf declares, and he goes by himself to assist his lord. Beowulf strikes the dragon in the head with his great sword Naegling, but the sword snaps and breaks. He realizes that the dragon bite is venomous and that he is dying.

Also asked, how does Beowulf kill the dragon?

Beowulf is badly wounded. Wiglaf stabs the dragon but is burned in the process. Beowulf manages to pull out a knife tucked in his belt and stabs the dragon. Together, the king and his loyal thane kill the dragon.

Where does the dragon in Beowulf come from?

The poem gives no place of origin for the dragon, only an explanation of why it guards the hoard of gold. In an ancient time a prince's thane hid it, as he was the last of his people and the treasure he had was all that was left of his people and his kingdom.

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