The Battle with Grendel's Mother

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Storyboard Scene: The Battle with Grendel's Mother Beowulf battle's Grendel's mother in her underwater home. He defeats her and beheads her and her son Grendel and returns triumphantly to meet the Geats and head back to Herot.

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  • Beowulf dove down for hours to reach the tenebrous and murky bottom of the lake where the creature who spawned Grendel not only inhabited, but ruled for fifty years. A strong sulfuric acid-like smell surrounded him, and the water was thick and slimy. She caught sight of Beowulf and haltingly glared at him before grabbing him, failing to harm him through his strong metal armor.
  • Then, Grendel's mother brought him back to her lair where the battle would begin. Jewels and treasures filled her underwater home. Other menacing monsters, clearly on the side of the undersea witch, swam along clawing at Beowulf, and snarling with low growls. This created much tumult but he escaped from her grip and began battle, pulling out his sword.
  • Beowulf swung his sword with all his might, but he could not stab her, she was an impenetrable force. Beowulf let go of the hilt of his weapon and threw it to the ground knowing it was useless. He fearlessly fought with his hands instead, and threw the witch to the ground with immense strength. Beowulf prepared to pounce on the beast, but she rose from the ground and grabbed him fiercely.
  • Grendel's mother fought to avenge her late son Grendel and she knocked Beowulf to the ground. He was vulnerable to her ferocious attack. She took a dagger and tried to plunge it into the mighty Beowulf but the blade was blunt against his armor. Beowulf, who was anything but craven, fought back and rose up at once in a final attempt to defeat the fiend. He looked up and saw a tremendous sword no normal man could lift by himself.
  • Beowulf drew the sword and swung it furious and wild like a jackal beheading the evil witch and tearing through her sinews. The deep smell of blood filled his nostrils. He was triumphant as he left her watery lair, but his work was not done yet. He left body in desolation to go find the dead Grendel to behead him as well. Beowulf made his journey back to Grendel's body, took his head off, and kept it as a trophy.
  • Beowulf returned from his deadly toil taking only the hilt of the sword which killed Grendel's mother, and the head of Grendel. The Geats were anxiously awaiting his return. Beowulf greeted the Geats and they carried his helmet, armor, and Grendel's enormous head. They then went on to Herot to happily showcase the great trophy and victorious hero.
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