Preceding Beowulf's epic battle, he told the people of Hrothgar's kingdom to be calm and that he came to defeat this horrendous monster or to die trying. He asks the king to allow him to fight alone, with the help of his men only. He says that he will fight with no weapons or armors beacuse his enemy has none. As his men lie awaiting their death on the night of the battle, Beowulf stays awake awaitng the battle excitedly and angrily. He fears nothing and avidly believs that there is nothing that can defeat him.