Scene One from Beowulf: Grendel

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  • In the beginning, the Earth was pure and good, as God had intended it to be. The planet flourished and everything was happy. The warriors sang praise to God and all of the people had great hope. These people had the sun and the moon to guide them and the oceans and plains to provide for them. They did not know that evil lurked nearby.
  • During the time of creation, an evil appeared out of the darkness. This horrible blood thirsty monster was brought forth from slime, born of Abel's descendants, a product of the punishment from God for Abel's death by his brother's own hand. Grendel, as this monster was named, was condemned to live his wretched life in the emptiness of the hellish moor, forever plotting to overcome all things good, including God himself.
  • One night, as darkness struck the moor, Grendel arose from his dreary den under the marsh to wreak havoc upon a royal mead-hall known as Herot. He brutally murdered 30 sleeping men and took their bodies back with him to his miserable den, leaving a trail of blood following behind.
  • When the morning came, King Hrothgar and his men realized the horrible damage that had been done by Grendel. King Hrothgar was filled with an unbearable sadness upon learning of the terrible fate that his companions were met with. This sadness left him unable to do anything but sit, weep for his lost friends, and worry about future attacks from Grendel.
  • That night, Grendel came again. This time he was so engulfed in his want to commit brutal murders that he violently killed every warrior that came near him- even those who were desperately trying to escape his tyrannical attack. Very few warriors survived this attack and those who did had ran very far away.
  • After hearing about the bloody, life-stealing battle that had occurred at Herot, the warriors who had been staying there were forced to relocate. They had to move their beds far away, so Grendel could no longer ambush them. Grendel saw this as his opportunity to make Herot into his new lair, and for 12 years wreaked havoc on King Hrothgar's kingdom.
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