Beowulf

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  • "Are you the Beowulf who took on Breca in a swimming match on the open sea, risking the water just to prove that you could win?" (506-508)
  • "[Beowulf] sprang to his feet and got a firm hold... [Grendel] was desperate to fell to his den and hide with the devil's litter" (758-759, 754-756)
  • "[Beowulf] has accomplished something none of us could manage before now... I adopt you in my heart as a dear son" (939-941, 946)
  • "[Grendel's] mother had sallied forth on a savage journey, grief-racking and ravenous, desperate for revenge"(1276-1278)
  • "It is better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning" (1384-1385)
  • "The prince of War-Geats ... gripped her shoulder and laid about him in a battle frenzy... [Beowulf] took a firm hold of the hilt and swung the blade in an arc, a resolute blow that bit deep into her neck-bone and severed it entirely" (1537-1539; 1564-1567)
  • "'Just so I ruled the ... country for fifty years ... I came to believe my enemies had faded from the face of the earth. Still, what happened was a hard reversal from bliss to grief ... I praise God in His heaven my glory that I lived to behold [Grendel's] head dripping blood ... and that I cal look upon it in triumph at last. (1769-1781)
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