why did beowulf decide to free the danes rom grendel
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It wasn't a decision as much as an obligation. His father owed Hrothgar a debt of loyalty, and Beowulf "inherited" that debt. All ancient societies took vows, debts, and ancestry very seriously indeed!
Also, fame and glory in those days were everything. Anything a man could do to achieve glory, he did. It was part of the heroic code of the day.