Beowulf vs. Grendel's Mother

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  • AsBeowulfandhismenapproachthelakeinwhichGrendellurks, hetakesabriefmomenttoexplainhisonerequest.Thisrequest beingthatifheshallfailinbattlehismenaregivenordersto returnhomesafelyandtakeonthe"father-figure"role afterwards.
  • DirectlyfollowingBeowulf'sfarewell,hedivesintothelakein searchofGrendel'smother.Thereheplanstocomeintocontact withherandletGod'sfatedeterminetheoutcomeofthebattle.
  • IndeedBeowulfisapproachedbyGrendel'smotherwhoripshim underwaterevenfurtherandattemptsatdismantlinghis chain-mail.HoweverthisdoesnotstopBeowulffromfightingas headvancesthebattleupwardtolandinadarkcave.
  • Beowulfthencontinuesthebattlebyattemptingtopiercethe skinofGrendel'smotherwithhisswordgiventohimbyUnferth, yetcomestofindoutthatitispowerlessagainstahigherbeing suchasherself.Naturally,hethenreliesonhisbarefistsand sheerstrengthtocarryhimthrough.
  • Suddenly,outofnowhereBeowulfdiscoversanornamented handlewithanextremelylargeswordontheendofitonthefloor ofthecave.
  • Beowulftakesadvantageofhisstrengthbypickingupthe enormousswordandswingingatGrendel'smother,slicingher intotwoequalparts.
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