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"Then a powerful demon, a prowler through the night, nursed a hard grievance. It harrowed him to hear the din of the loud banquet everyday in the hall..." (Lines 85-89)
The Call To Adventure
Once Heorot is built on the hill, this provokes Grendel, the first conflict of the story, to arise and threaten our current main characters way of life, forcing him into action.
"So Grendel waged his lonely war, inflicting constant cruelties on the people, atrocious hurt. He took over Heorot, haunting the glittering hall after dark." (Lines 174-177)
Though Hrothgar is called to adventure, he continues to allow Grendel to kill his men, leaving his hall empty and hollow. He refuses to fight Grendel himself, refusing his call to help his people and, in turn, Beowulf accepts the call to adventure in his stead.
Refusal of the Call
"We are retainers from Hygelac's band. Beowulf is my name. If your lord and master, the most renowned Son of Halfdane, will hear me out and graciously allow me to meet him in person, i am ready and willing to report my errand." (Lines 342-347)
Beowulf's crossing of the sea to reach Hrothgar is the metaphorical crossing of the first threshold, in which Beowulf crosses the sea in order to reach a world unknown to him, with new dangers.
Crossing of the First Threshold
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