The legend of Beowulf is so epic that it was passed down through generations through word of mouth before being written down sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries. And maybe Beowulf’s sword, Hrunting, has maybe the most epic name of all time, but that isn’t what ultimately makes Beowulf so fucking brutal.
What makes Beowulf so brutal is that when he rips the arm off of Grendel and sends him home crying, Grendel’s mom has something to say about it.
So what does Beowulf do? He cuts her’s and her son’s head off. Brutal.