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The epic hero embodies the value of ideas of a particular society. They undertake long, dangerous journeys, or quest, to achieve something of a great value to themselves or their people.
An epic hero from the oldest surviving epic poem in the English Language. Beowulf, prince of Geats of Sweden, aided the Denmark King Hrothgar in slaying the monster Grendal. Beowulf also killed Grendal's mother who tried to avenge Grendal's death. Also Beowulf fought a dragon, but the dragon mortally wounded Beowulf, making him die.
Hector, although not alive during the Anglo-Saxon era, was the epic hero for the trojans. Although he was a prince, he fought side by side all the other foot soldiers against the greeks. He was eventually killed because Achillies wanted revenge for killing his cousin Patroclus.

Achilles: Troy
The tragic hero that is also in the Illiad. He was an enemy of Hector and fought in the trojan war, it was said his heel was his only weak point. Portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film Troy.
Odysseus and The Odyssey
Odysseus was an epic hero in both the Illiad and the Odyssey. The trojan horse which was used to break into the city of Troy was his idea. He continued after the war to his home of Ithaca to reunite with his wife and his son Telemachus. This journey was greatly lengthened by the god Poseidon who hated him. It was on this journey that he encountered such infamous creatures as the Sirens and the Cyclops.

Dante and the Divine Comedy
Yet another epic hero, Dante, was an epic hero of the Renaissance era in Itlay. The Divine Comedy details the epic hero Dante's adventures through the spiritual universe. He travels through hell in the Inferno, Purgatorio, and heaven in the Paradiso. The Inferno was created to portray the way hell punishes sinners, it tells the story of Dante and the poet Virgil as they travel through hell. Allegorically the Divine comedy represents the soul's journey to God. Although not a Anglo-Saxon hero, his story is told through an epic poem. He also is an average, God fearing citizen who is not rightly punished in hell, so he embarks on the journey back to Earth.

The epic poem of Gilgamesh is the story of the fifth king of Uruk who is two thirds god and one third man. This story is from sumerian mythology. This is about the relationship between himself and his equal Enkidu who was created by the gods. Gilgamesh and Enkidu went on quests together to displease the gods such has killing their monstrous creations. When Enkidu dies Gilgamesh goes on a quest to learn the secrets of immortality.


Edmund Ironside Gathering an Army

Edmund Ironside (actually named Edmund II) was king of the English from April 23, 1016 to November 30, 1016. He was the second son of King Æthelred II. When Edmund’s brother died in 1014, Edmund became the heir. Tensions grew between the father and son and a struggle began. It was not until 1016 that they made peace.
King Æthelred II grew ill and died on April 23, 1016 leaving Edmund the throne. At the same time, Cnut the Great’s army invaded London. Edmund immediately fled to Wessex and gathered an army to repel the Danes. He and his army won repeated victories over Cnut, but Cnut defeated Edmund’s army at the Battle of Ashingdon. After the battle, the two kings negotiated a peace. Edmund was left the territory of Wessex, but Wessex was ceded to Cnut after his death on November 30, 1016. The cause of Edmund’s death is unknown. He was given the name Edmund Ironside because of his efforts to fend off the invasion led by Cnut the Great.

The Wanderer
Believed to have been written around 597, The Wanderer is a poem that describes the life of Eardstapa (which is translated to the wanderer). He was once a glorious warrior and a faithful servant to God. He once feasted with his fellow warriors and was content with his life. However, now he roams cold seas and walks the path of exile. The Wanderer says that he has lost his lord, kinsmen, and comrades in battle and that he was sent into exile. The epic poem, translated into English, describes his new life.

Oft him anhaga
Often the solitary one

are gebideð,
finds grace for himself

metudes miltse,
the mercy of the Lord,

þeah þe he modcearig
Although he, sorry-hearted,

geond lagulade
must for a long time

longe sceolde
move by hand [in context = row]
hreran mid hondum
along the waterways,

hrimcealde sæ
(along) the ice-cold sea,

wadan wræclastas.
tread the paths of exile.

Wyrd bið ful aræd!
Events always go as they must!

King Arthur
The marriage of Arthur and Guinevere
The marriage of Arthur and Guinevere

After marrying Guinevere and recieving the kingship and the Round Table from the wizard Merlin, Arthur's most trusted knight, Lancelot, became attracted to his highness' wife. He rescued her from the hangman's noose, and took her to his land. This led King Arthur to chase him. He left Mordred in charge of Britain while he was gone, but did not expect when Mordred rebelled against him. After slaying Lancelot, Arthur returned to make work of Mordred, having their final battle in Salisbury Plain. Mordred was vanquished, but he succeeded and left Arthur mortally wounded. He soon left to venture to Avalon. Some say he never died and would return someday.

Epic Hero
An epic hero is a figure from history or legend. The hero participates in a quest and faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey. The epic hero illustrates traits, performs deeds, and exemplifies certain morals that are valued by the society from which the epic originates. They tend to be 'larger than life' and the ideal human. Most Epic heroes are part divine and possess recognizable human traits. An epic hero can also be a warrior of some sort who performs extraordinary tasks that most find difficult.