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"When he heard about Grendel...He ordered a boat that would ply the waves" (194-199)
This is Beowulf's call to adventure. When Beowulf hears about the murders, he gathers a group of 14 men to accompany him to battle Grendel.
"a fiend out of Hell, Began to work his evil in the world. Grendel was the name of this grim demon" (100-102)
Grendel is a Threshold Guardian. He is a supernatural creature that originally came from Hell and now lives in the present world.
"I come to proffer My wholehearted help and counsel. I can show the wise Hrothgar a way To defeat his enemy and find respite...I can calm the turmoil and terror in his mind" (177-182)
This is Beowulf's first trial (Road of Trials). He will fight Grendel instead of Hrothgar in order to reach his ultimate goal. He will complete two more before the end of his life. Each harder than before.
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