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protect himself. Beowulf “swung his sword, his ring-marked blade, straight at her head; then iron sang its fierce song, sang Beowulf’s strength” (1543). Battling Grendel’s mother required much more protection than fighting her son, due to her immense strength and power. Even the sharpest and most deadly of Beowulf’s weapons failed to penetrate the hide of her neck. The means of warfare used by The Dragon and Beowulf in their confrontation are swords, shields, armor and fire. Only the iron shield of Beowulf prevented him from early defeat by The Dragon as “flames beat at the iron shield” and then “it began to melt” (2570). The sword of the noble Wiglaf eventually killed off the venomous dragon, preventing it from further harming Beowulf. This sword did not rescue Beowulf, for he had suffered fatal blows, yet it inflicted revenge on The Dragon who dared to mortally wound the greatest warrior of the Geats. Resulting from each one of Beowulf’s battles was at least one death, but the difference of these deaths lies in the three different elements of warfare: sheer strength, swords, and fire. Through each battle fought, Beowulf’s attitude changes. Prior to the battle with Grendel, Beowulf declares, “Grendel is no braver, no stronger than I am! I could kill him with my sword; I shall not easy as it would be.” (677). Beowulf asserts his position as the greatest fighter of the land. He believes no man or beast retains the ability to challenge his supremacy. Upon escaping Grendel’s mother with his life, Beowulf’s attitude of his dominance changes. When reporting to Hrothgar after his fight, Beowulf admits, “My life was almost lost, fighting for it, struggling under water: I’d have been dead at once, and the fight finished, the she-devil victorious, if our Father in Heaven had not helped me.” (1652). Beowulf realizes he may have met his equal, in the form of Grendel’s monstrous mother. Furthermore, Beowulf becomes aware that he continues to live not because of his skill, but because of the grace of God. In the final moments of Beowulf’s life, he reflects on the worthiness of his life. Through his final breaths he says to Wiglaf, “I sold my life for this treasure, and I sold it well” (2796). Beowulf has realized his efforts and courage impacted his people greatly. He believes his life has been lived to its fullest by fighting for his people, and making their lives better. A change in Beowulf’s attitude becomes clear after each battle he fights. At first he sees himself as a warrior who defeats evil, yet at the end of his life, he views himself as a warrior who risked his life in hopes of bettering the lives of his fellow Geats. The sight of Beowulf emerging from a harsh brawl becomes common to Hrothgar and the Geats. Beowulf’s skill and fighting technique are unparalleled throughout the lands. Beowulf succeeded in all of his battles, yet differences exist between each of the three. The preparation for the battles, the means of warfare, and Beowulf’s attitude after fighting a battle are distinct and different than the other fights. Beowulf’s ability to adjust his preparations for battle, means of warfare, and attitude for each fight, enabled him to free his people from fear and torment.