Tell them to come forward and let them know that they are most welcome here.
“My master sends you this message. He knows your family well and welcomes you here. You may approach him in your armor, but leave your shields and weapons behind.”
Beowulf gathered several of his warriors and followed Wulfgar, leaving some men behind to guard the weapons.
Hail, Hrothgar! I am Hygelac’s loyal subject and kinsman, and I have earned respect in his lands.
Now I come to destroy Grendel. I ask for your permission to rid your hall of this fiend using only my men. I have heard that Grendel does not use weapons, so I intend to kill him with my bare hands and earn more glory in Hygelac’s name.