Beowulf is a great adventure story written at any time between circa 675 and 1000 A.D. The Old English poem follows Beowulf from heroic youth to legendary old age. He saves a neighboring people from Grendel, a monster, and eventually becomes the king of his own people. He meets his final demise defending them from a dragon. Beowulf survives today in one manuscript, housed in the British Library, London. At least one scholar believes the manuscript is the author's original, but most scholars believe it is the last of several copies.