All of these attributes compile to form what we consider today as a heroic figure.
The poem Beowulf denotes all of these traits through many of the heroic characters throughout the course of the poem.
Byrhtnoth, the leader of his loyal veterans and local Anglo-Saxon troops, permitted a raiding Viking army to take up a position on land in preparation for battle.
This resulted in both the heroic death of Byrhtnoth, and ultimately a valiant defeat for the English.
"Of your people or die in battle, pressed/ In Grendel's fierce grip.