In the ancient mead hall Herot, the monster Grendel had come to terrorize the king, Hrothgar. The monster had entered the hall violently "[k]illing as often as he could, coming / [a]lone, bloodthirsty and horrible"(Raffel 80-81).
Beowulf heard about Grendel's attacks and came from his homeland with his men, determined to kill the beast. "We are Geats, / [m]en who follow Higlac [...] [p]erhaps Hrothgar can hunt, here in my heart, / [f]or some way to drive this devil out" (173-174, 190-193).
Beowulf declared that he would fight Grendel with his bare hands; "he needs no weapons and fears none / [n]or will I [m]y lord Higlac / [m]ight think less of me if I let my sword / [g]o where my feet were afraid to" (263-266).
Beowulf and Hrothgars' men started to drink and party in the hall to atract the beast Grendel. As Grendel and Beowulf were fighting inside the hall "[Herot] rang, its roof boards swayed, / [a]nd Danes shook with terror" (342-343).
After his men failing to help him defeat Grendel, Beowulf is able to finish him off. "He twisted in pain, / [a]nd the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder / [s]napped, muscle and bone split / [a]nd broke" (389-391),Beowulf had torn off grendels arm.
Without an arm "Grendel escaped /  wounded as he was [he] could [still] flee to his den, / [h]is miserable hole at the bottom of the marsh" (393-395). It would be the last anyone would ever see of Grendel.
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