Ethan Kilpatrick 1167-1887
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"The cup was carried to him (Beowulf), kind wordsSpoken in welcome and wealth of wrought goldGraciously bestowed; two arm bangles,A mail shirt and rings, and the most resplendentTorque of gold I have ever heard tell ofAnywhere on earth or under heaven." 1191-1196
This line is the reward for defeating Grendal, therefore, completing the first trial. This moment to Beowulf is the part where he believes he will soon depart to go home, but the readers know better.
Without more ado, he dived in to the heaving Depths of the lake. It was the best part of a day Before he could see the solid bottom. Quickly the one who haunted those waters, Who had scavenged and gone her gluttonous rounds For a hundred seasons, sensed a human Observing her outlandish lair from above. So she lunged and clutched and managed to catch him In her brutal grip; but his body, for all that, Remained unscathed: the mesh of the chain-mail Saved him on the outside. 1494-1512
This set of lines, although quite quick and abrupt in its delivery, explained Beowulf literally diving into the metaphorical 'Belly of the Whale', or at least one of them. In this entry of the 'belly', Beowulf commences his second trial, a battle with Grendal's Mother, the witch of the water.
" "...Then my moment came in the combat and I struck The dwellers in that den. Next thing the damascened Sword blade melted; it bloated and it burned In their rushing blood. I have wrested the hilt From the enemies’ hand, avenged the evil Done to the Danes; it is what was due. And this I pledge, O prince of the Shieldings: You can sleep secure with your company of troops In Heorot Hall. Never need you fear For a single thane of your sept or nation, Young warriors or old, that laying waste of life That you and your people endured of yore.” " 1663-1676
In Beowulf's immersion from the mere, he brought with him two souvenirs; Grendal's head and the hilt of a sword crafted by giants that only Beowulf, in all his power, could wield in battle. He offered these to Hrothgar as a signal that his career in the land of the Danes has ended, and Beowulf is ready to set home. This event marks the end of his second trial.
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