"I have heard moreover that the monster scornsin his reckless way to use weapons;therefore, to heighten Hygelac's fameand gladden his heart, I hereby renouncesword and the shelter of the broad shield,the heavy war-board: hand-to-handis how it will be, a life-and-death fight with the fiend."
"I would rather notuse a weapon if I knew another wayto grapple with the dragon and make good my boastas I did against Grendel in days gone by.But I shall be meeting molten venomin the fire he breathes, so I go forthin mail-shirt and a shield."
"The monster's whole body was in pain, a tremendous wound appeared on his shoulder. Sinews splitand the bone-lappings burst. Beowulf was granted the glory of winning; Grendel was driven under the fen-banks, fatally hurt, to his desolate lair."