We've reached the end of our epic poem ladies and gentlemen. And yes, Beowulf will fight a dragon for his final battle!
But before all of that, I feel it is important to discuss the concept of comitatus. What is that you ask?? The theme of comitatus (that the king must be protected at all times or avenged if he is killed) is seen constantly throughout Beowulf. The king's guards sleep in the mead hall while he sleeps in an adjoining chamber so that they can protect him always; if anyone wants to harm the king, he has to go through a room full of warriors. Think about what a warrior give his king: his life. What does the king give in return that would make them want to risk their lives?
The question I pose is this: What would you have to be offered to risk your life for someone else? I'm thinking Oreos! :-P