After this battle, having proven himself not once but twice, Beowulf returns proudly to his lord Hygelac. He has shown himself to be a fearless and self-reliant warriorcharacteristics that, as the young warriors in the audience soon hear, serve him well in the wars of his later life. Thus far the geoguð have heard how a fellow warrior won his name and began his career. But another question remains, one that the young warriors are already intimately familiar with by the nature of their martial society. That is, how will they face death? When they enter a battle that they feel will be their last, how will they respond? Here again, Beowulf stands before them as a role model.