Beowulf also gives a story regarding the victories he had attained. He also gives a lot of praises to the warriors who had gone out with him with the view of enabling him to attain his goal. He asks his men to allow him to participate in one last fight. He moves inside the barrow bravely and calls out the dragon with the aim of fighting it. The dragon comes out of the barrow and Beowulf tries to strike it using his sword. He, however, does not succeed in killing it. All the warriors, except only one of them, run away when they get sight of the dragon.
Although Beowulf is tired and has already been burned, he does not give up. Wiglaf, the only remaining warrior gets behind the shield facing the flames of fire produced by the dragon, to assist his king in fighting it. Wiglaf, thereby, uses the sword to strike the dragon, injuring it. Wiglaf also goes on to praise Beowulf for the fame that he has gathered over time. It is the praise the motivated Beowulf to deliver the last blow to the dragon. He stabs the dragon in the abdomen using his knife. The dragon, however, manages to bite Beowulf with his sharp fangs, thereby, fatally injuring him.
As Beowulf is dying, Wiglaf tries to give him water. Beowulf then requests Wiglaf to enter the barrow to retrieve some of the treasures that are contained inside to hold them. Although he will die soon, Beowulf is happy that he will be able to leave some treasure for his subjects. He feels glad that he has managed to play the role of a king over the land in the most effective way possible. He, after that, removes his fighting gear and gives them to Wiglaf, saying his goodbye. While full of grief for the death of his master, Wiglaf lectures the other soldiers who neglected Beowulf at an hour he needed them the most. He also predicts that once other people become aware of the neglect and weakness they had shown, attacks will be imminent.