Why is Beowulf Chosen Over Others To Be King?

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Basically Beowulf becomes king because of his heroic exploits. He kicked Grendel's butt and supposedly took care of his mother as well. He also had a history of heroic exploits. After King Hygelac dies (both his sons die too) there is no obvious heir. Beowulf's resume fits the job description and he looks the part too!