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  • Grendel Attacks
  • Snatched up thirty men, smashed them unknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies. (Lines 37-38)
  • Beowulf Sails to Denmark
  • He knew the sea would point the prow straight to that distant Danish shore (Lines 123-124)
  • Beowulf Kills Grendel
  • A prince of the Geats, had killed Grendel, ended the grief, the sorrow, the suffering forced on Hrothgar's helpless people by a blood thirsty fiend. (Lines 511-514)g Forced on Hrothgar's helpless people By a bloodthirsty fie
  • Once the men in the mead-hall fell asleep, Grendel lumbered inside and slaughtered thirty men. Hrothgar’s warriors were powerless against him. The following night, Grendel struck again, and he has continued to wreak havoc on the Danes for twelve years. Grendel has taken over Heorot, and Hrothgar and his men remain unable to challenge him.
  • Beowulf Kills Grendel's Mother
  • Struck with all the strength he had left, caught her in the neck and cut it through,  broke bones and all.  Her body fell to the floor, lifeless. (Lines 641-643)
  • Beowulf, nephew of the Geatish king Hygelac, lives in Geatland, a realm not far from Denmark. When Beowulf hears tales of the destruction wrought by Grendel, he decides to travel to the land of the Danes and help Hrothgar defeat the demon. He voyages across the sea with fourteen of his bravest warriors until he reaches Hrothgar’s kingdom.
  • Beowulf Becomes King of the Geats
  •  Grendel bursts into Heorot. He tears the door from its hinges. The combatants crash around the hall. Grendel begins to shriek in pain and fear. Beowulf summons great strength and rips Grendel’s arm completely out of its socket. Fatally wounded, Grendel slinks back to his swampy home to die. Back in the mead-hall, Beowulf holds up his gory trophy in triumph.
  • Beowulf Kills the Dragon and Dies
  • Butchered by this savage beast; we swore that these swords and armor were each for us all. (Lines 789-790)
  • As the warriors sleep in the mead-hall, Grendel’s mother, descends on Heorot in a frenzy of grief and rage, seeking vengeance for her son’s death. When she falls upon and seizes a sleeping man, the noise wakes the others.  Beowulf seizes a huge sword and swings it,the blade slices cleanly through Grendel’s mother’s neck, and she falls dead to the floor.
  • Beowulf and his men return to the magnificent hall of King Hygelac and to Queen Hygd. Beowulf tells the story of his battle with Grendel. Beowulf is praised throughout Geatland for his great deeds. Hygelac gives him treasure and land of his own to rule. In time, Hygelac is killed in battle and the kingdom falls to Beowulf. For fifty years he rules the Geats.
  • Beowulf carries the head of Grendel to King Hrothgar and then gift-laden to the land of the Geats, where he succeeds the throne. (Page 33)
  • Beowulf hacks with his sword against the dragon’s thick scales, but his strength is clearly not what it once was. Beowulf’s companions run in terror. Only Wiglaf, feels loyalty to come to the aid of his king. The dragon lands a bite on Beowulf’s neck, and blood begins to flow. Wiglaf rushes to Beowulf’s aid, stabbing the dragon in the belly. Beowulf pulls a knife and stabs it deep in the dragon, soon after Beowulf dies from his wound
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